Did you know nearly 1 in 10 American adults and teenagers have a drug and/or alcohol dependence problem? That one person could be your neighbor, cousin, teenager's best friend or even your co-worker. Odds are that you know someone who is currently struggling with alcoholism or drug abuse.
The workplace is not immune to drug abuse. In fact, most substance abusers are employed. In a survey of callers to the national cocaine hotline, 18 percent of callers confessed to stealing from co-workers to support their addiction, and 64 percent admitted that their drug use negatively affected their performance.
And it’s not just illicit drugs that contribute to workplace hazards. Prescription drugs like sleeping pills, sedatives and pain killers are hazardous too.
Working under the influence affects reflexes and reaction time, concentration, perceptions and judgment. People who work under the influence and cause accidents are often the ones who are injured, and the accidents they cause can also injure other people.
Here are some important facts to know about drugs:
To prevent situations that jeopardize safety in your workplace, learn to recognize these 10 signs of possible substance abuse:
This article was provided by Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment. If you know someone struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, Gateway Foundation can help.
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