High at the wheel, but beyond law's reach

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2010 - 3:44 PM

Prosecutors say it's difficult to charge drivers impaired by substances not listed under Minnesota's DWI law.

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wallyworldmnNov. 14, 1011:01 AM

The chemicals don't have to be illegal. Users can get high from things as seemingly innocent as whipped cram can propellent. It is still chemical abuse and until youv'e lived with someone that does it, you may not understand how devistating it can be to the abuser and those around them. Driving that is affected by any chemical, on the list or not, is dangerous and impaired driving.

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sigma47Nov. 17, 10 7:46 AM

As a result of the meth epidemic many people have became aware that a trip to Walgreens will get them as high or higher than "illicit" drugs without the potential legal setbacks. With meth we saw that a quick adulteration of a combination of these OTC products yielded a high powered buzz and recently people have just started going for the products that can get them off right from the shelf. Problem is that these can be products not meant for human consumption and obviously can be much more detrimental than the drugs that are included in the statutes. I was recently informed by someone first hand about how these OTC products were being used in high school. Sadly the current agenda of absolute abstinence is not working and we will continue to pay the price for an unrealistic and unsuccessful war on drugs.

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cmonwtfNov. 17, 1010:02 AM

36 is way too much, it was more likly to be 8-16, anyway when you are on this stuff you can't feel, think or even make intelegible conversation, this messes you up way MORE than alcohol. I used to do this 10 years ago quite a bit, no good. This should be on the list, I can't even imagine driving on this, I'm suprised she was able to get the key in the ignition!

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azusacattNov. 17, 10 5:47 PM

Been smoking weed and driving for over 21 years. No accidents, not even a speeding ticket. It can be done.

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mockscrapeNov. 22, 1011:42 AM

I believe antidepressants and antipsychotic medications cause the people who take these to drive uninhibited, taking chances and driving dangerously. Give these pills to a sociopath, someone who already has no feelings and look out !

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