Challenges in Studying Statewide Pedestrian Injuries and Drug Involvement


A team comprised of Elizabeth D. Nesoff, PISC Senior Scholar Charles C. Branas, and Silvia S. Martins has recently published a study detailing the challenges involved with evaluating drug-involved pedestrian accidents using existing surveillance systems. U.S. rates of pedestrian injuries, which have been increasing over the past few years, could be associated with changing drug policies and rates of drug usage -- however, the study found that investigating such an association is unfeasible without a larger database of drug and alcohol data.

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