When you think about impaired driving and DUI/DWIs in North Carolina, the first thing that may come to your mind is alcohol. However, driving while under the influence of any controlled substance is illegal, so alcohol is not the only substance that could lead to a driving while impaired charge. People who use certain medications can receive DWIs too.
Law enforcement is arresting more people for driving under while under the influence of prescription drugs. Like many others, you may take your medicines as required, not realizing that the side effects put you in the same risk category as a drunk driver. Here is a brief overview of medication side effects and DWIs.