Study from IETO and SISTM teams – Road Safety: Increased risk of highway accident in pedestrians using some drugs

A scientific article published in the journal PLOS Medicine shows for the first time that some drugs increase the risk of accidents for pedestrians. This study, carried out by the Injury epidemiology transport, occupation  team, in collaboration with the Statistics in systems biology and for translational medicine team at the INSERM U1219 center, was made possible by the crossing of French national data on personal injuries collected by Law enforcement and health insurance reimbursement data. Thus, the drug consumption of a sample of approximately 16,000 pedestrians over a period from 2005 to 2011 was studied. Mélanie Née and Ludivine Orriols, two researchers who conducted the study, draw attention to widely used drugs that have been identified as being at risk for pedestrians: benzodiazepines and related drugs, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories and antirheumatic.