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Drug-related DUI arrests increase in Arizona

An Arizona highway safety official says the percentage of DUI arrests related to prescription and illegal drugs is up even as overall DUI arrests go down.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the number of DUI arrests dropped by about 13 percent in 2012 from 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of DUI drug arrests increased by 12 percent, increasing those arrests’ share of overall DUI arrests to 14 percent.

The Arizona Republic reports that office Director Alberto Gutier attributes the increase in drug-related DUI arrests to the availability of prescription drugs such as painkillers.

Gutier also cites so-called synthetic drugs.

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  1. The second most common reason for a doctor visit is low back pain. The usual treatment is narcotic, addictive painkillers. Scientific studies have proven that chiropractic is at least as effective as drugs in relieving pain. If patients first saw chiropractors, the number of prescriptions for addictive painkillers would dramatically decrease. If chiropractic care does not work, a referral would be made for drugs. The time has come for chiropractors to be front line clinicians for neck and back pain to reduce the number of patients who become addicted to prescription painkillers with subsequent addiction and oftentimes death. For more information, go to the chiropractic association webpage at http://www.AZChiropractors.org.

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