NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Should all workers have the right to earn paid sick leave?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results


Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2017 selections.

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Psychotropic medications can increase crash risk: study

    September 19, 2012

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Miaoli, Taiwan – Drivers who take psychotropic medications to treat depression, certain sleep disorders or anxiety may have a higher crash risk than drivers who do not take the drugs, according to a study (.pdf file) published in the September issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

    Using Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database, researchers analyzed a group of drivers involved in crashes and a group with no record of a crash. Drivers taking antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and prescription sleeping aids had higher crash rates than drivers not taking the drugs, and risk of crash increased with dosage amount.

    Researchers stated that individuals on these medications should pay closer attention to their driving. They encouraged those concerned to continue taking their medication and consult their doctor or pharmacist.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.