Above left: student openly begging a ride home – on Craigslist – bribe in hand. Above right: A meth lab @ San Diego State. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that 18% of drivers who died in car accidents in 2009 tested positive for legal or illegal drugs. And that figure is actually quite conservative, because it assumes no drug use by the drivers in the more than one-third of fatal crashes in which no drug tests was conducted.
Resonating with these disturbing results, a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that 10 million Americans admitted to driving under the influence of illegal drugs in 2009. Again, this is a conservative estimate because many people who drug and drive are not going to admit it in a government survey.
Please note that, that statement was “admitted to driving under the influence”, not found to have been! Are penalties too lenient? You’ll think so when it happens to a loved one!
Now, factor that into the stress on the normal Americans with a failing economy, raging employment, a president that obviously doesn’t get the way business works — that they won’t re-invest with so many unknowns and you have a “perfect storm” ….. designed intentionally to destroy?
Addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford and a career research scientist at the Palo Alto VA.