Drug-impaired driving is a threat to public health and public safety on par with the better-known problem of alcohol-impaired driving. Reducing drugged driving is a critical nonpartisan issue facing the nation.
People driving under the influence of drugs have been a major problem in America for decades, with alcohol being the most common drug used. The recent opioid-abuse epidemic, along with the decision by a large number of states to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, has made the problem of driving under the influence of drugs even more urgent.
To save lives, the issue must be understood and addressed. Watch the discussion below with four former White House “Drug Czars” on the importance of this problem, potential new challenges as more states legalize cannabis, and more individuals engage in polydrug use, and how the federal government and states should respond.
Robert L. DuPont, MD, served under Presidents Nixon and Ford (Board of Director, Mentor Foundation USA)
General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), served under President Clinton
Gil Kerlikowske, served under President Obama
James W. Carroll, Jr., served under President Trump
Paul J. Larkin, Jr., Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation
This event was hosted by the Institute for Behavior and Health and The Heritage Foundation.