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Driving After Taking Prescription Drugs

RICHLAND, Wash. - Police said taking prescription drugs and getting behind the wheel could get you into trouble with the law.

Richland Pharmacists and Benton Franklin County Drug Counselors said more and more people are abusing prescription medication in the Tri-Cities. 

Pharmacist and Owner of Richland Clinic Pharmacy, Anne Henriksen said many times people do not realize they are a danger on the road after taking their medication.

She said people will take their medication and not feel tired or drowsy but in reality they are in no condition to be driving because their ability and judgment could be seriously impaired.

Henriksen said, "They think if they don't feel tired then it's okay to drive, but their ability can be altered."

She said pain medication, anxiety drugs, and sleeping pills can cause serious downiness.

Kennewick Police said if a driver is impaired and caught behind the wheel it is considered a driving under the influence charge in the eyes of the law.

Henriksen said patients need to know the effects of the medication and she encouraged people to ask doctors and pharmacists many questions.