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Battling Drugged Driving

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says troopers are seeing more drivers under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription drugs.

Posted: May 1, 2018 3:26 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) You may know about the dangers of drunk driving but a new trend is also putting drivers at risk -- drugged driving.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol says troopers are seeing more drivers under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription drugs over the past five years.

They say opioids or prescription drug use can be harder to detect during a traffic stop.

Many times a drug recognition expert, or DRE, will be called in to examine drivers who are under the influence of a drug.

"These are people that can come in and look for the physiological changes in the body," said Sgt. Jake Angle. "They can check blood pressure, heart rate, whether the pupils are dilated or constricted."

Troopers say that prescribed medicines even when taken as instructed can still put drivers under the influence. They advise you should always take the warning labels on the back of pill bottles seriously when operating heavy machinery like a vehicle.

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