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Impairment related to blood drug concentrations of zopiclone and zolpidemcompared to alcohol in apprehended drivers.
I E142219 /83 / ITRD E142219
Gustavsen, I. Al-Sammurraie, M. Morland, J. & Bramness, J.G.
Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2009 /05. 41(3) Pp462-466 (35 Refs.)

Samenvatting About 3-7% of the adult population receives prescribed hypnotics. The benzodiazepine-like hypnotics, zopiclone and zolpidem, are the most commonly prescribed and may cause traffic-relevant impairment similar to that foundfor benzodiazepines. We investigated the relationship between blood zopiclone and zolpidem concentrations and driving impairment, as assessed by the clinical test for impairment. We compared these groups of drivers to a group suspected of alcohol-related impairment. Blood samples from suspectedimpaired drivers during 2000-2007, screened for approximately 25 possibleimpairing drugs with only one single drug detected, were studied in relation to the assessment of impairment. The 79 zopiclone positive drivers, the 43 zolpidem positive drivers, and the 3480 alcohol positive drivers weredivided into groups depending on blood drug concentrations. The proportion of drivers judged as impaired tended to increase the higher the blood zopiclone concentrations. Such a positive relationship was not found for zolpidem. For alcohol the proportion of impaired drivers was significantly related to blood alcohol concentrations (BACs). There were few drivers with low zopiclone or zolpidem concentrations included, which may have obscuredany positive significant relationship. The percentage of impaired driversamong drivers with blood zopiclone concentrations above 130 ¦g/l roughly corresponded to the percentage of impaired drivers among drivers with BACshigher than 0.1%. (A) Reprinted with permission from Elsevier.
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