Colorado’s largest detox network, Arapahoe House, has seen its number of patients double from 8% in 2013 to 15% in 2014. The reason for the increase is due to the legalization of recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. What Colorado citizens are failing to grasp is the understanding that it’s against the law to operate a vehicle while high on marijuana.
Art Schut, president and CEO of Arapahoe house is concerned, because this increase in DUIs is a public safety issue. According to data put out my Arapahoe, the average profile of people caught driving while high on marijuana were white males around the age of 30. 5 nanograms of active THC in the bloodstream is comparable to a 0.08 blood-alcohol level in breathalyzer tests.
To help curb this issue, the Department of Transportation launched a million dollar advertising campaign, Drive High. Get a DUI, in March to help education and prevent drugged driving.
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