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Wausau police looking to stop 'drugged driving'


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – It’s not only alcohol that can impair your driving; some of your prescriptions could make you unsafe behind the wheel.

Medications, drugs and other chemicals can all contribute to unsafe driving habits. Wausau Police community relations lieutenant Ben Bliven says things like antidepressants, pain killers and even allergy medication can all make it harder for you to drive. “When you get a prescription from your physician, ask them if it’s okay to drive your car.”

If your prescription bottle says “don’t operate heavy machinery,” just remember that your car is a heavy machine too, Bliven says. “It doesn’t just refer to dump trucks and cranes.” If you’re coming home from a doctor’s visit where you might be getting put under, find a friend who can drive you home, or budget for time so that you’re not still under the influence of whatever treatment you had while in the doctor’s office.

As always, police will be on the lookout for drivers who are abusing prescriptions or illegal drugs while behind the wheel, and offenses can rack up quickly. If you’d like to know more, you can call the Wausau Police department at 715-261-7800 or call your physician or pharmacist.