Accidents Involving Driver Drug Use

On this site there are many accidents in which the driver was driving while intoxicated by alcohol before getting into an accident.  Those Lake County accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DUI” category.

There are many indications that drivers who are driving while under the influence of drugs is increasing.  Drivers can be under the influence of many types of drugs.  Common drugs which these drivers have taken include heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP and meth; however, there are many other types of drugs including other opioids and prescription drugs.  Other types of drug usage includes inhaling and sniffing chemicals.  One of the most notable Lake County fatal pedestrian accidents of recent years involved a driver who was “huffing” before the crash.

The Grayslake Patch article of April 3, 2017, titled “Overdosing Man Crashes Vehicle Near Gurnee:  Police” discusses a Saturday, April 1 crash in Gurnee.  The driver, a 23-year-old man, was in an accident and appear to have suffered a drug overdose.

An excerpt from the article:

A 23-year-old man who was suffering from an opioid overdose was found unresponsive in his vehicle after crashing near Gurnee over the weekend, police said.

Deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of the crash in the area of Washington Street and White Oak Lane in unincorporated Gurnee at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to a news release.

Additional details can be seen in various media sources, including the Grayslake Patch article mentioned above.


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