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Drug use is considered, by many, to be a victimless crime. "I am only hurting myself" is a common mantra for many drug addicts. However, a drug user can hurt many others when their drug addiction turns into drugged driving.
Beyond hurting others, drugged driving can only have lead to consequences for the user. Whereas alcohol has become far more socially acceptable than recreational drugs, the courts look harder upon drugged driving cases. Prosecutors in drugged driving cases will take into account the drugs that were in use (this can lead to a stiff sentence including fines and jail time).
*Do not let recreational drug use lead to drugged driving. Use a designated driver or be one yourself for others.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|