Dramatic Increase of Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana

Since Commercialization of Medical Marijuana in Colorado, “Dramatic Increase” of Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana-Positive Drivers

accident scene of a fatal car crash

This blog post is not really about the medical use of marijuana or even recreational use of marijuana.

It’s just about the fact that some people lose everything when they become addicted to drugs. That includes alcohol, pills, heroin, cocaine or marijuana. Sometimes, that “everything” includes a person’s life.

A new study just released by the University of Colorado Denver states the following:
“Fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado involving at least one driver who tested positive for marijuana accounted for 4.5 percent in the first six months of 1994; this percentage increased to 10 percent in the last six months of 2011.” What’s more, these numbers jumped up significantly after Colorado approved the use of medical marijuana in 2009. Over the same time period, the number of drivers who were impaired by alcohol did not change.

We’re going to leave any questions of whether or not marijuana should be used as medicine or a recreational drug to the people in Colorado. Our concern is preventing harm from drug abuse and helping people recover from addiction. It is possible to become addicted to marijuana whether it is used medically or recreationally. And if that happens, a person is at risk for physical and mental harm, as well as running the risk of accidents like those included in this research.

If you are concerned about a loved one who is struggling because of their drug use, contact us. We can help.

Results of the University of Colorado Denver study:


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.