Prescription drug DUIs a new road safety concern
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The issue of motorists driving under the influence (DUI) of prescription medication deserves more attention as nearly all professional drivers are not well-informed of the after-effects of prescription drugs, according to a recent survey.
August 12, 2013, 11:23 am TWN
Trend Survey & Research Co. (趨勢民意調查) conducted a poll of 600 male professional drivers aged between 45 and 65. It found that nearly 100 percent of them said they take no heed of the after-effects of prescription drugs or their influence over driving.
More than 35 percent of respondents said that over the last week they took at least one kind of prescription drug, including anti-hypertensive drugs, hypoglycemic agents and cough suppressants, while 60 percent of respondents said they suffered from hunger, drowsiness and dizziness on the job.
Lee I-Te (李奕德), deputy chairman of the Diabetes Association of the Republic of China (中華民國糖尿病學會), said that the influence of some prescription drugs could be much more substantial than alcohol, raising road safety concerns.
Lee cited hypoglycemic agents as an example, noting that some varieties of hypoglycemic agents might cause low blood sugar if a patient doesn't eat within 30 minutes of taking the medication.
Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu (許惠恒) deputy chairman of Diabetes Association of the Republic of China (中華民國糖尿病學會), said most people in Taiwan are not yet aware of the traffic safety issues caused by DUI of prescriptions and urged the government to further educate the public and promote access to related information.