New Marijuana Breathalyzer Targets Smoking And Driving!

New Marijuana Breathalyzer Targets Smoking And Driving!

Working in cooperation with a Vancouver-based radiologist, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer (RCMP) has invented a patent-pending breathalyzer for catching people who get behind the wheel after smoking marijuana. Kal Malhi, formerly of the RCMP, and Dr. Raj Attariwala teamed up to create the Cannabix Breathalyzer. Its inventors say that the device can […]

Cocaine Use and Driving Impairment

Cocaine Use and Driving Impairment

Cocaine is the popular name for the illegal, addictive chemical ethylbenzoylecgonine (known in its powdered form as cocaine hydrochloride and in its modified, rocklike form as “crack”). When inhaled nasally, smoked, eaten or injected, it produces a form of central nervous stimulation that closely resembles the central nervous system effects of legal drugs known as […]

Benzodiazepines and Driving Impairment

Benzodiazepines and Driving Impairment

Benzodiazepines are a group of medications used to treat medical conditions such as insomnia and anxiety. They belong to a larger class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics; medications in this class get their name because they produce a reduction in agitation and irritability (i.e., sedation), and also have sleep-inducing (hypnotic) characteristics. People under the influence […]

Diphenhydramine and Driving Impairment

Diphenhydramine and Driving Impairment

Diphenhydramine is a medication that belongs to a class of substances known as antihistamines. As their name implies, all substances in this class achieve their effects in the body by blocking the actions of a naturally occurring chemical called histamine, which plays several important roles in the maintenance of normal health. People who take diphenhydramine […]

Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and Driving Impairment

Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and Driving Impairment

Amphetamine and methamphetamine are chemically similar substances that stimulate the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and produce a variety of effects that include excitation and euphoria. Amphetamine is the active ingredient in a number of different medications (including Adderall and Dexedrine), while methamphetamine is an illegal street drug. People who attempt to drive […]

PCP, Ketamine, and Driving Impairment

PCP (phencyclidine) and ketamine are two drugs that belong to a class of substances called dissociative anesthetics. Drugs in this class get their name because they produce a sense of detachment from the self or social surroundings known as dissociation. While doctors and veterinarians use ketamine in limited circumstances, human use of PCP is prohibited […]

GHB Use and Driving Impairment

GHB Use and Driving Impairment

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a medication approved in the United States for treatment of the sleep disorder called narcolepsy. Outside of this tightly controlled setting, the medication has gained a notorious reputation as a “date rape” drug, and it also belongs to a group of drugs known informally as “club drugs.” Inside the body, GHB […]