NHTSA is launching a NEW OTC/RX Driving Prevention Initiative.
September 23 - November 17, 2019
Impaired driving is generally associated with alcohol, prescription drug abuse, or illegal drug use. The use of legally obtained prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC) medication can also impair driving.
There’s more than one way to drive under the influence.
Many legally obtained - and commonly used - Rx drugs and OTC medications can affect a user’s ability to drive safely. For example, antidepressants, opioids, and sleep aids, and even cold and allergy medicines can cause side effects [e.g. drowsiness, nausea, blurred vision, et al] which can put drivers at risk.
New social media videos and audio files to help prevent Rx impaired driving are now available.