Information about drug use was collected from drivers and pedestrians involved in road crashes in Melbourne in which a driver or pedestrian was killed. This involved analysis of body fluid from 191 fatalities combined with other information about drug use from police files. 44% had used drugs other than alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Among fatalities, 55% of drivers or riders in single vehicle crashes, 77% of drivers or riders in multivehicle crashes and 61% of pedestrians had used drugs. Cannabis was the most frequently detected drug other than alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, followed by aspirin.
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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Consultant Report
Author(s): J Hendtlass
Publication Date: 01/12/85