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Study Links Drug Use to Traffic Deaths

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new study shows an increased link between fatal car accidents and drug use, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA study showed that drug use reported by states among fatally injured drivers rose from 13 percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2008.

The study included drivers who were tested for illicit drugs, legally prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines after their death. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, however, pointed out that drug testing of fatally injured drivers is often not conducted.

The study noted that a positive test for drug use did not mean that the driver crashed as a result of the drug use.
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