In doing a little digging prompted by the comment someone made to the effect of "pot has never been linked to any deaths..."
"Britain's most senior coroner is warning that hundreds of young people are dying in accidents caused by their prolonged use of cannabis.
Hamish Turner, the president of the Coroners' Society, said that the drug, which is often portrayed as harmless, has increasingly been behind deaths that have been recorded as accidents or suicides.
In the past year, he estimated that cannabis was a significant contributory factor in about 10 per cent of the 100 cases that he had dealt with in south Devon, where he works.
Conversations with his colleagues led him to believe that the scale of the problem elsewhere in the country was equally bad. "Cannabis is as dangerous as any other drug and people must understand that it kills," said Mr Turner."
The Institute of Medicine did a study that found that the adverse effects of Mj on driver were still present 24 hours after the high was achieved. Thus it would go without saying that it could contribute to highway accidents.
Brookoff D, Cook CS, Williams C, Mann CS. New England Journal of Medicine Aug.25,1994 pp 518- 522. Testing Reckless Drivers For Cocaine and Marijuana. (A total of 175 subjects were stopped for reckless driving, and 150 submitted urine samples for drug testing at the scene of arrest. 59% tested positive. 13% for cocaine, 33% for marijuana, 12% for both.)
"Contrary to popular belief, marijuana has been found to play a significant role in car accidents across the United States with as much as 33% of
drivers arrested at the scene of the accident being positive for marijuana and another 12% testing positive for both marijuana and cocaine (Brookoff, Cook & Mann, 1994; Sonderstrom, Dischinger, Kerns & Trillis, 1995). Every year,
28% of all drivers in the United States will attempt to drive within two hours after ingesting alcohol or illicit drugs. Marijuana is the illicit drug used most often (70%) by drivers who drove after drug use and is a major factor why
motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American young people (NHTSA, 2000)"
- MARIJUANA AND DRIVING: Going to Pot On the Highway - By Jim Porter, MA, NCACII, LAChttp://www.friendsdrivesober.org/doc...na_driving.doc
"1998, nearly 77,000 people admitted to emergency rooms admitted to using marijuana immediately prior to their injury or accident. This was an increase of more than 373 percent since 1991." - Mid-Year 1998 Preliminary Emergency Department Data From The Drug Abuse Warning Network. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1998.
Deaths at the hands of intoxicated drivers on the road has got to be one of the biggest problems we have here.