Since the early 1990s, America has been fighting in the “war on drugs” in an effort to reduce the amount of illegal drug use that can cause personal injury or wrongful death developed in the United States or imported from other countries.

Drug use causes the wrongful death of millions of Americans every year.  Depending on the drug, permanent brain damage can occur due to continued use.  Driving while under the influence of drugs can lead to car accidents that lead to personal injury or wrongful death.

Our car accident attorneys in San Diego know that driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) car accidents can happen because drivers are irresponsible, but drivers driving under the influence of drugs are equally irresponsible and equally dangerous on the roads because of their diminished focus and abilities.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is the agency of the government in charge of establishing policies and objectives to eliminate illegal drug use and trafficking that lead to drug-related personal injuries and wrongful death.

The head of the office, known as the “drug czar,” is in charge of instituting new policies and laws that are meant to prevent the use of illegal drugs and reduce the number of drug related personal injury and wrongful death.  The new drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, said he wants to stop the idea that the United States is fighting “a war on drugs” because he believes the term does not fit his idea to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone.

As San Diego personal injury lawyers, we believe that new ideas are the way to correct an epidemic that has been continuing for almost 20 years.  Maybe a new attitude to treat drug addiction as an illness and not as a crime will convince more people that drug use should not be seen as a form of rebellion.

It really is a serious health issue.

If you or someone you know may have an addiction to a dangerous illegal drug, encourage them to enroll in a drug rehabilitation clinic.  Getting help can be the first step to improving a dangerous addiction and preventing DUIs in the future.

If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We look forward to providing good advice for your case.  There is no fee if no recovery.