JAMA Network Open has published the results of a study on fatal two-car crashes and the potential role that opioid use is playing in them. Opioid users in Oregon can probably see how the use of the prescription drug and driving do not go together. Opioids cause drowsiness and impair cognition and motor skills. As for those who take opioids for chronic pain, they may develop a tolerance for them, and so it can be hard to say if the drugs contribute to a crash.
The end of daylight saving time ushers in a season for increased risks for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in Oregon. Shifting clocks back one hour allows people to get an extra hour of sleep on that weekend, but the disturbance to their sleeping and waking cycles raises the possibility of drowsy driving in the following weeks. A report from an insurance organization in the Pacific Northwest identified an increase in collisions during afternoon commutes two weeks following the clock change.