Parents may be relieved to know that the percentage of teens using illegal drugs has dropped. But, while this is good news, there is another side to the story. An increasing number of Georgia teenagers are abusing prescription and over-the-counter medications. More than 15 percent of high school seniors admit to taking prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes. Unfortunately, even legal drugs can have dangerous side-effects.

Teens take drugs like OxyContin, Ritalin, Vicodin, and even cough medicine to get high, to cure sleep problems, to lose weight, or to help them concentrate. But, while these drugs are legal, they are not without risk. These drugs can have dangerous physical effects when used without a doctor’s supervision. They can also impair driving ability by causing:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired reaction time
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of judgment
  • Increase in risk-taking behavior

Many teens don’t realize they can be charged with a Georgia DUI, even if the driving impairment is caused by a legal drug.

Teens who drive while under the influence of a legal drug may weave, speed, drift in and out of the lane or drift off the road – behaviors that increase the chance of an accident. It is no surprise that an increasing number of Georgia car crashes are being attributed to teens taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs. What is of particular concern is that teens rarely drive alone. When teens ride with a drug-impaired driver, they risk becoming Georgia DUI accident victims.

If your teen was injured while riding with a friend who was impaired by legal drugs, you should seek the advice of a Georgia DUI injury lawyer. The attorney will be able to answer your questions and help you get accountability for your child’s injuries. To learn more about Georgia impaired driving injury claims, download a free copy of Atlanta DUI victim attorney Shane Smith’s book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?, or contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-979-1629 and ask to schedule a free consultation with a Georgia DUI injury lawyer.

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