Pilots warned of dangers of prescription, OTC drugs

The heads of general aviation’s advocacy groups recently joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in signing a letter to pilots reminding them of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. According to a report at Rotor.com, an analysis shows drug impairment to be a causal or contributing factor in 12 fatal general aviation accidents over the past decade.

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  1. It realy bothers me that these accidents occur.
    However, the goverenment can not possibly make enough rules and regulations to protect all of the pilots all of the time. Every little “fix it rule” reduces others freedom by limits on choice.
    AOPA does a very good job at providing pilot education, but you can not make everyone learn, even if it is free.
    We all know all meds do not effect everyone the same. Where do you stop? If 1/2 of 1% of pilots react to med A, do you restrict it from 100%?
    I hope the FAA does not go hog wild with this. AOPA education will be the best solution and nothing can be perfect.

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