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Drug-related impaired driving up this year, Toronto police say

Toronto police say the number of drug-related impaired driving offences has more than tripled in a year's time, but most of those charges are not marijuana-related.

Jump is related to prescription drugs, not marijuana

Toronto police say 58 drivers have been charged with drug-related impaired driving offences this year, compared to 19 at this time last year. (CBC)

Toronto police say the number of drug-related impaired driving offences has jumped by more than three times compared to last year, but most of those charges are not marijuana-related. 

According to police, 58 drivers have been charged with impaired driving connected to drugs so far this year, compared to just 19 at this same time last year. 

Police told CBC News that prescription drugs, not marijuana, account for most of that total. 

The number came up Wednesday at a meeting held to address questions about Ottawa's move to legalize marijuana, which is expected in the spring.