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Can prescription drugs lead to a DUI?

Missouri residents often have to take over-the-counter or prescription medications to take care of issues ranging from infections to allergies and more. However, some of these products can interfere with your ability to drive. But just how bad is it to drive while under the influence of prescription drugs?

FindLaw states that it's so serious, you can actually get a DUI from prescription drug use while operating a vehicle. This is because certain types of prescriptions have ingredients in them that can affect a driver's ability to drive safely. Just some of the side effects can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in blood pressure

Many of the physical symptoms can distract a driver and make it potentially unsafe for them to drive. However, the biggest known issue is usually the chance of drowsiness. This can mimic signs of driving while sleep deprived, which shares a lot of characteristics with driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. You may be more likely to make mistakes, less likely to react quickly enough to rectify them, and unable to avoid situations that a sober person could get out of.

For this reason, those who get into a car accident while on a prescription medication could face DUI-related charges. This allows for people injured in these crashes to seek compensation as if the driver in question was on illegal drugs or alcohol, and will open the driver up to fines, fees, and the possibility of serving a jail sentence.

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