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DUII definition expansion beyond alcohol proposed

SALEM (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand the definition of drunken driving to include prescription drugs and synthetic substances that mimic drugs.

Currently "intoxicants" cover only alcohol, controlled substances and inhalants.

The Statesman Journal reports the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Monday on the bill that would include any drug that affects a driver's mental or physical faculties.

Drivers could claim they had an adverse reaction to medicine, but they'd have to disclose medical records to the prosecutor.

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