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Accid Anal Prev. 2005 Nov;37(6):1025-34. Epub 2005 Jun 29.

Motor vehicle collision risk and driving under the influence of cannabis: evidence from adolescents in Atlantic Canada.

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  • 1Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. Mark.Asbridge@dal.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Employing a sample of 6087 senior students in Atlantic Canada, this paper examines the relationship between driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) and motor vehicle collision (MVC) risk. A series of models were analyzed adjusting for demographic characteristics, driver experience, and substance use.

METHODS:

Participants were drawn from the 2002/2003 Student Drug Use Survey in the Atlantic Provinces, an anonymous cross-sectional survey of adolescent students in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Logistic regression techniques were employed in the analysis of unadjusted and adjusted models.

RESULTS:

Among senior students, the prevalence of DUIC in the past year was 15.1% while the prevalence of MVCs was 8.1%. The predictors of DUIC were gender, driver experience, use of a fake ID, and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUIA). The predictors of MVC were gender, driver experience, DUIC, and DUIA.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings extend our knowledge of DUIC as a socio-legal and public health issue with implications on road safety. Effort must be placed on educating new drivers about cannabis use in the context of driving.

PMID:
15992751
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