The Times West Virginian

July 12, 2013

Drug-related DUIs on increase

Change to make it easier to do blood tests now in effect

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — West Virginia struggles with drug abuse, particularly with prescription drugs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the state has the second-highest rate of prescription drug overdoses in the country, as well as the second-highest usage of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.

With so many people abusing prescription drugs, the number of drivers on the roads impaired by substances goes up as well. And unlike alcohol, which can be detected on someone’s breath by portable equipment, drugs can only be detected by chemical tests.

Today, a state law goes into effect intended to make it easier for law-enforcement officials to collect evidence and prosecute DUIs.

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