An overview of the epidemiological studies in DRUID

Inger Marie Bernhoft (Invited author)

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    Objectives: To describe the various epidemiological studies within the DRUID project (Driving under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines). Methods: Several methodological approaches are used both for estimating the prevalence of drug driving and the accident risk for drug impaired drivers, each with different sensitivity and specificity. Results: The prevalence in the general population is described my means of a literature review. The prevalence of drug driving is estimated by means of road side surveys and a travel survey and the prevalence of drugs in injury accidents is estimated by means of hospital surveys of seriously injured and killed drivers. Accident risk estimates for drug impaired drivers are based on linkage of results on drugs in drivers in traffic to drugs in injured drivers, on linkage of medication records to accident data and linkage of analyses of accidents with drug impaired drivers to accidents without. Furthermore, characteristics of drivers who have been involved in accidents while drug impaired or convicted for drug driving are investigated by means of interviews. Conclusion: The results from the various studies in various European countries (e.g. Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern Europe) will be compared in order to reveal any differences regarding use of psychoactive substances. Disclaimer This abstract has been produced under the project “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines” (DRUID) financed by the European Community within the framework of the EU 6th Framework Program. This abstract reflects only the author's view. The European Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2010
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2010
    Event19th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety - Oslo, Norway
    Duration: 22 Aug 201026 Aug 2010
    Conference number: 19


    Conference19th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety
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