DWI and the Prescription Drug NationBy The Zendeh Del Law Firm
Mar. 28, 2011 9:29a
Today, more people are on some form of over the counter drug or prescription medication than ever before. Unless you’re a pharmacist, it can get confusing understanding which drugs not to combine with one another, which drugs you cannot take while consuming alcohol, which drugs not to operate heavy machinery or drive an automobile on. In some cases, pharmacies are no longer handing out leaflets about serious side effects or dangerous drug interactions, they are requiring you pick up the phone and call your doctor if you want to receive information about the serious side effects of your medication.
It’s no wonder DWI’s are not limited to alcohol and controlled substances. If you want to worry about being convicted of DWI, you no longer have to look in your alcohol cabinet; you can look to your very own medicine cabinet. Many drugs actively impair our senses, causing dizziness, drowsiness, altered depth perception, blurred vision, they can make us react too quickly or too slowly or, they can make us fall asleep at the wheel. When brain chemistry is altered, brain and nerve function is altered as well, putting ourselves, passengers and other people on the road, at risk of getting involved in a dangerous automobile accident. If you have been arrested for DWI, contact a Plano DWI attorney for professional advice.
Taking a sedative the night before and driving to work in the morning can be equivalent to driving drunk if it’s within 10 hours. Driving while on Valium or Antihistamines can slow down your reaction time and impair your coordination. Even very common prescription drugs that are used to treat conditions such as allergies, pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, anxiety and insomnia can cause drowsiness, blurred vision and other impairment that causes serious hazards when one is driving on the road.
According to the Alcohol and Drug abuse Council, prescription pills are now the third most abused substance. When you combine these prescription medications with alcohol, you are dealing with a deadly combination. Keep in mind that you can get a DWI for driving while on certain prescription medications.
Plano DWI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DWI involving prescription medication, contact a Plano DWI attorney from the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC right away. If convicted, you are facing potential jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, probation and more.
Contact a Plano DWI lawyer from our firm today for a free consultation.
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