Navigation Links
New Study Shows Cannabis Effects on Driving Skills
Date:3/1/2013

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New research appearing online today in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows that cannabis can be detected in the blood of daily smokers for a month after last intake. The scientific data in this paper by Bergamaschi et al. can provide real help in the public safety need for a drugged driving policy that reduces the number of drugged driving accidents on the road.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121206/PH25333LOGO

Cannabis is second only to alcohol for causing impaired driving and motor vehicle accidents. In 2009, 12.8% of young adults reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs and in the 2007 National Roadside Survey, more drivers tested positive for drugs than for alcohol. These cannabis smokers had a 10-fold increase in car crash injury compared with infrequent or nonusers after adjustment for blood alcohol concentration.

In this paper, 30 male chronic daily cannabis smokers resided on a secure research unit for up to 33 days, with daily blood collection. Twenty-seven of 30 participants were THC-positive on admission, with a median (range) concentration of 1.4 mcg/L (0.3–6.3). THC decreased gradually with only 1 of 11 participants negative at 26 days; 2 of 5 remained THC-positive (0.3 mcg/L) for 30 days.

These results demonstrate, for the first time, that cannabinoids can be detected in blood of chronic daily cannabis smokers during a month of sustained abstinence. This is consistent with the time course of persisting neurocognitive impairment reported in recent studies and suggests that establishment of 'per se' THC legislation might achieve a reduction in motor vehicle injuries and deaths. This same type of 'per se' alcohol legislation improved prosecution of drunk drivers and dramatically reduced alcohol-related deaths.

"These data have never been obtained previously due to the cost and difficulty of studying chronic daily cannabis smoking over an extended period," said Dr. Marylin Huestis of the National Institutes of Health and author on the paper. "These data add critical information to the debate about the toxicity of chronic daily cannabis smoking."

Reporters who wish to receive a copy of the study or arrange an interview with the authors may contact Molly Polen at 202-420-7612 or mpolen@aacc.org.


About AACC

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry, AACC, brings together the global laboratory medicine community in the pursuit of improving health and healthcare through laboratory medicine. With more than 8,500 members including MDs, PhDs, research scientists, and others involved in developing tests and directing laboratory operations, AACC advances scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise and innovation through its many programs, publications and initiatives. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.

Clinical Chemistry is the leading international journal of clinical laboratory science, providing 2,000 pages per year of peer-reviewed papers that advance the science of the field. With an impact factor of 7.9, Clinical Chemistry covers everything from molecular diagnostics to laboratory management.


'/>"/>
SOURCE AACC
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Independent Study Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases Highlights the Importance of Antimicrobial Removal Systems in Blood Culture to Rapidly and Accurately Aid in the Diagnosis of Sepsis
2. University Hospitals Case Medical Center Presents Study On The Elimination Of Retained Surgical Sponges
3. MD+DI, the Global MedTech Authority, Publishes One-of-a-Kind Study with ITG Market Research on the Medical Device Outsourcing Landscape
4. New Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Delivery Channel Mitigates Risk of Medication Non-Adherence Highlighted in JAMA Internal Medicine Study
5. KaloBios Presents Clinical Results with Anti-GM-CSF Antibody in Persistent Asthma Data from KB002 Phase 1/2 Study Presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Meeting
6. Study Shows Medicare Savings When Local Pharmacies Fill 90-Day Prescriptions
7. Isis Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Study Of ISIS-CRP Rx In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
8. Adynxx Enrolls First Patient in Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept Study for AYX1, Lead Compound for the Prevention of Post-Surgical Pain
9. First U.S. Patients Treated in PneumRx RENEW Pivotal Study for Treatment of Severe Emphysema
10. New Study Results Published in the New England Journal of Medicine Show Dabigatran Etexilate Mesylate Reduces the Risk of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism
11. Imprimis Announces Successful Results from its Pharmacokinetic Study for its Impracor Topical NSAID
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... 2017 Avillion LLP, a co-developer and financier ... Weinberg , MD MBA as Chief Medical Officer. Dr Weinberg will ... . ... Weinberg has spent more than 17 years as a pharmaceutical and ... micro-cap biotech. Over the course of his career, he has interfaced ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 The Global Therapy ... and access to partnering deals and agreements entered into ... in partnering deals - Top deals by value - ... development, technology type The report provides understanding and ... by the world,s leading healthcare companies. The report ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 This report ... current and future scenario of the global market. Large ... opioid consumption. Severe chronic constipation is a major side ... traditional laxatives. Hence, novel targeted therapy has been prescribed ... sufferers, launch of targeted medicines, and growing awareness about ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... "ProDOF is the perfect set of tools for video editors that ... a scene," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , Video editors ... the illusion of a DSLR racking focus from one area into the next. ProDOF ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... its new medical office in Petaluma, located at 167 Lynch Creek Way. The ... to SRO sports medicine and rehabilitation services and on-site x-ray services. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh has posted a ... Yisrayl says this generation is a time like no other and society needs to understand ... Yisrayl says he does not want to sound like an old bible beater because religion ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... ... to enhance people’s everyday lives, recently attended the January ECRM Trade Show in ... Science is known for its large range of supplements that keep the body ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin”: ... woman who witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin” is ... as an educator interacting with countless women who had little knowledge of the female ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):