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Prescription Drugs Becoming More Common in Valley Crashes

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said 26-year-old Shauna Miller admitted to mixing beer and prescription pills at work before causing a deadly weekend crash.

Investigators said Miller was leaving work at a local strip club when she plowed into a car at the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Wynn Road. The collision killed 33-year-old driver James White and his 2-year-old son was injured.

The frightening reality of mixing driving and prescription pills along with alcohol is unfortunately too common on valley roads according to DUI advocates.

Robin Wynkoop now works for STOP DUI, but she knows the pain of losing someone in a DUI crash. Her mother was killed in 2008 when a driver under the influence of pills plowed his truck into a bus stop on Boulder Highway.

The driver was on a concoction of pills and was sentenced to life in prison.

"It's so simple not to do it, so simple," Wynkoop said. "I think for pills you don't realize how mess up mentally, or physically you are, where with drinking you can feel yourself slur, move a little more with the pills your body is already taking them into affect."

Metro Police said this year that DUI arrests are down with 1,500 this year to 1,800 at this same time last year. Seven people have been killed from impaired driving in 2013.

The latest drug related crash happened this past Saturday and Metro Police said it could have been avoided.

"Why are people getting behind the wheel, after they have been drinking, taking medications or a combination of both, that's a conscious decision that person made," Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said.

Wynkoop said prescription pills are becoming easier to get and now with Spring Break, she said some kids are hosting pharm parties.

"They take whatever pills the parents have in the home or any pills they can get their hands on," Wynkoop said. "They come to a big house, dump them in a bottle or a big bowl and mix them around grabbing a handful of them."

Law enforcement officers are trained to detect the signs that a driver is under the influence of prescription pills.

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