What is an intoxicant?

An intoxicant is any substance that is introduced into the body and affects your mental or physical abilities to the slightest degree.  This includes alcohol, illegal drugs and lawfully prescribed medications.  Although you take a lawfully prescribed medication as prescribed you can still be charged and convicted of OUI if the medication affects your mental or physical abilities.  The jury will be instructed that a person is under the influence if that person”s senses — their physical or mental faculties – are impaired, however slight, to any extent by the intoxicant the person consumed.

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