Driving While High a Public Health Problem

December 23, 2019

(U.S News & World Report) – About 12 million Americans drove while high on marijuana in 2018, while 20.5 million people drove drunk, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings come amid growing concern over the prevalence of driving while high. The data, based on a survey of nearly 48,000 people in 2018, indicates that 4.7% of Americans 16 or older said they’d driven while on marijuana during the last year, while 0.9% – 2.3 million people – said they’d driven under the influence of an illegal drug and another 8% reported driving drunk.