You may often associate alcohol consumption with driving. Most of the media generated warnings have focused on alcohol and driving on Australian roads as the main enemy of other drivers and the community. Every long weekend, every holiday period, television, print and radio, as well as new media technologies remind us of the dangers of exceeding the legal limit and losing control of our faculties and our vehicles. We run the risk of becoming a danger to ourselves, to our passengers, to other drivers and to other families on the road.
The most common drug involved in road accidents is marijuana. It is by far the most common drug substance in Australia and is locally grown as well as imported from overseas.
While roadside alcohol testing can measure consumption rates and amounts through the use of breathalysers, it is more difficult to measure quantities of marijuana consumption. It is also difficult to say “how much is too much.” Suffice to say for safety and legality’s sake, any marijuana is too much.
But beyond this statement, researchers at Swinburne University are actually trying to measure and evaluate this.
One of the findings of the study supports what CMM Technology already readily believes. Researchers have been able to establish that “while it is true that marijuana drivers tend to drive more slowly, it is not true that they are safer. Their weakness is an inability to make quick decisions when something unusual happens on the road.”
More research will have to be done by the team at Swinburne University, but it now seems clear that marijuana is an incredibly dangerous drug to use when driving vehicles or operating any sort of heavy machinery. And, it has also been suggested that it is associated with mental illness and the development of delusional states and even schizophrenia.
Some of the short and long term dangers of the substance include:
- Impaired memory
- Inability to learn
- Distorted perception
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic attacks
- Increased risk of mental illness
Quality testing for drug driving is now operational in many parts of Australia. This involves saliva testing which can detect recency of use more effectively than urine testing. CMM Technology supplies quality testing devices for roadside saliva screening, including the Oraline Saliva Drug Test and also the iScreen Saliva Drug Test and the DrugWipe5+. All these devices can help you measure recency of use in those tested. For more information on the full range of saliva testing devices supplied by CMM Technology please call 618 9204 2500