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People who take certain prescription drugs often aren’t told their driving may be affected, study finds

Morgantown, WV — People who are prescribed sedatives or narcotics often receive warnings about the medications’ possible effect on driving ability, but those prescribed antidepressants or stimulants – such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder medications – aren’t cautioned as frequently, according to a recent study from West Virginia University.
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NHTSA: Traffic fatalities up 5.6 percent in 2016

Washington – A total of 37,461 people died in motor vehicle-related crashes in 2016 – a 5.6 percent increase and the second straight year fatalities have risen, according to "Traffic Safety Facts," a publication of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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