Concerns Raised Over Bicycle Accidents Caused by Drugs.

  • Drug-related bicycle accidents are now being referred to as a “major public health concern” by researchers.
  • They claim that bikers typically get more severe injuries in these collisions.
  • Methamphetamine and cannabis were the two drugs most frequently found in these incidents.
  • To inform bikers about drug use and bicycle safety, experts think preventative initiatives are necessary.

Public service advertisements have long focused on the risks associated with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

What about riding a bicycle when intoxicated? Even though there are signs it could be a more serious issue than you realize, likely, you haven’t heard much about it.

An important public health problem is bicycle accidents caused by drugs.

These bikers also frequently suffered more severe wounds. Fractures or damage to internal organs made up the majority. Hospital admission was required for over a third of them.

Methamphetamine (36%), cannabis (30%), and opiates (18%) were the most frequently found drugs in the accident victims’ systems.

Nearly a fifth of the bikers who had been hurt had alcohol in their systems, the researchers found.

They said that the bikers who were hurt were largely Caucasian men between the ages of 25 and 44. Less wounded people were inclined to cycle for exercise. Due to a prior DUI conviction, some people may have lost their license and been unable to operate a vehicle.

Campaigns for prevention

Prevention is necessary but may be challenging, the researchers said. To contribute to the population’s injury prevention, Hammig added, those who use bicycles as their primary means of transportation need better and simpler access to transportation.

Getting individuals into treatment, according to him, must begin in the emergency room.

He said that in emergency rooms, “drug referral systems need to be easily available in addition to the treatment of injuries.”

This is feasible. The [emergency department] can screen for substance use problems, which could help avoid recurrent visits for the same or other drug-related injuries.