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Prosecutors seeing increase of prescription DWI

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Driving while impaired is a problem most communities are aware of, but there's been an increase in a certain kind of DWI, and it doesn't involve alcohol.

A lot of people take prescription medications. A lot of those medications come with a warning letting users know that the drug may affect their abilities behind the wheel.

"If you get behind the wheel of a car and you've taken a lot of drugs, that's a 3,000-pound deadly missile. That's something that's no longer safe to operate," Assistant District Attorney Jon David. "So the community needs to know prescription drugs can be an impairing drug just like alcohol can."

David says the office is also seeing cases where alcohol and prescription meds are mixed, which can make the situation on the road even more dangerous.

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