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Prescription Drugs Cause Car Crashes

Prescription drugs are responsible for more than three percent of car crashes in France. Experts argue that an international system should be adopted to warn of the risks of driving on medication.

Researchers studied more than 72,000 drivers who were injured in road traffic crashes in France, and found that the proportion of crashes attributable to the use of prescription medicines was 3.3 percent, they said.

Reuters reports:

“The European Union is currently aiming to harmonize drug classification systems to warn consumers of their potential effect on driving ... [The researchers said] the findings reinforced ‘the need for health care workers to provide patients with proper information on the potential effect of any medicine that they are prescribed, or take, on their driving abilities.’”

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