Millions of Americans are getting high, and then getting behind the wheel.
That’s just one of the findings detailed Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which showed that 12 million American adults said that they had driven under the influence of marijuana in 2018.
The report also showed that more than two million said they had driven under the influence of drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine.
Those findings may underscore the growing prevalence of pot and illicit drugs, but the report also found that driving under the influence of alcohol remains far more common. Eight percent of drivers said they had a drink before driving in 2018, according to the CDC. For comparison, the CDC’s findings break down to 4.7 percent of Americans who drove after using marijuana, while less than one percent said they drove under the influence of illicit drugs.
The CDC said that an estimated 10,511 alcohol-impaired driving deaths occurred in 2018.
The findings on driving under the influence of pot dovetail with a report released by AAA this past summer.
The AAA report found that almost 70 percent of Americans believe it is unlikely for a driver