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Colorado Springs Police state that they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day to detect drivers that are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  They ask that everyone drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

We, at Heuser & Heuser, LLP, also ask that if you’re going green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, be responsible and drink in moderation.

However, if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications daily, drinking alcohol is dangerous. Alcohol mixed with medication can cause moderate to severe adverse reactions.

It’s important to check your medication for any warnings about alcohol consumption. Over-the-counter medications should have warnings printed on the box or bottle.  Prescribed medications should have a warning sticker on the prescription bottle.  The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have put together a large list of commonly used medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed and their reaction when mixed with alcohol. It’s organized alphabetically by the condition you are suffering from and the medications used for that condition.

In most cases, the mixing of alcohol and medication is unintentional. Any amount of alcohol will intensify the side-effects of medication such as drowsiness, sleepiness and light-headedness. A glass of wine with dinner, after you’ve taken cold medication earlier that day, can still impair your judgement and ability to drive.

Colorado Springs accident attorneys ask that you use your best judgement. If you’re in a situation like this and don’t feel comfortable driving, DON’T. Remember, accidents hurt – safety doesn’t.

If you have been in an accident involving someone who was driving under the influence, please contact us and we can answer any questions or concerns you have.