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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    AMERICA - Twitter executives may not be the only ones getting high on the job. On the heels of Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s recent claims that Twitter’s alleged mismanagement is a result of “a lot of pot-smoking going on,” there is new evidence to suggest that— if true—Twitter employees are in good company. Nearly 10% of all Americans have shown up to work stoned—at least according to a survey of 534 working Americans by Mashable.com and Survey Monkey.

    Apparently this isn’t the first study to expose mind-altered states in the workplace. Last year, a small-business insurance company called Employers surveyed small business employees and found about 10% to be working while under the influence of at least one controlled substance. Among these substances, marijuana came in at 5%.

    Of course, different companies and industries have differing views on substance use in the workplace and many still drug test employees. Even in Colorado where recreational pot is now legal, employees who test positive for it at work can be fired. The many arguments against drug testing at work include the inaccuracy of the tests, the steep costs of conducting them, and the invasion of privacy. Also, studies show they don’t actually stop people from taking drugs. Clearly.



    By Douglas Capraro - Alternet/Sept. 22, 2014
    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/one-10-americans-has-come-work-stoned-least-once
    Photo: Darren J. Bradley - Shutterstock
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. BitterSweet
    This is interesting and I suspect in the Western countries that it would be higher than 10%; times when I've been on a substance at work, well you always think you're basically the only person who does that besides the stories you read on the internet. There are some jobs where it is probably really important to make sure an employee is drug free - manual labour jobs, construction, working at high heights... as an example, I know a guy who operated a fork lift at his job and was going to work nodding off on oxycontin; that's a death wish for yourself or just an unsuspecting employee.

    The fact that drugs in general are very controversial and in any given work environment you are likely to find an entire spectrum of different opinions makes it hard to say when or if drug testing is worthwhile, instead of just basing it on the default moral that drugs are bad, end of story. I am sure any company would be a little frightened to look like they condone drug use to some extent, because even if it's not true, they may look less credible or less professional in the eyes of customers and business relations.
  2. Ghetto_Chem
    When I was younger I couldn't stand working without being high, nowadays I guess I'm still the same way but I've found which drug worked best for what I needed. Below are some of my experiences, I'm in no way suggesting anyone use these substances for work.

    Cannabis - Too much anxiety upon arrival to work, it would often have me tripping over my words and trying to catch my breath because my heart would be beating so fast. Once past that hump though it wasn't bad, much better for jobs that don't require social interaction.

    Alcohol - Would be great for about the first hour until I sobered up, never tried drinking while at work just before. Alcohol always gives me a tired feeling, yawny tired, where I get lazy and headachey and don't wanna do shit. Probably the worst drug for work, besides maybe benzodiazepines.

    Cocaine - Makes work the most fun you've ever had. Definitely got hooked on this cycle for awhile, especially at social jobs. The only problem is you spend far more than you make usually, not sustainable.

    Short Acting Opiates/Heroin - By far the best work drug in the beginning. Gave energy, lack of anxiety, motivation, everything you'd ever want or need for work. It just doesn't last at all, eventually you gain more of a tolerance to that feel good effect and more drug is required. But weirdly you don't get as much tolerance to the drowsy/nodding effect they give so you'll wind up nodded out on the job. From experience nodding out on the job is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do, and it makes you look like an idiot in front of all your co-workers. Another drug/class of drugs that can't be sustained for long.

    I'd have to say nowadays I'll take my suboxone for work, and it helps alot because it won't nod me out or break the bank. I'm also very addicted to it as well and wish that I wasn't, so I don't know how much its actually "helping" me.

    -GC
  3. Alien Sex Fiend
    Judging by how many americans(since its the subject) drown themselves in alcohol every weekend, and alcohol stays in your body next day while you are hangover, chances are 60-80% went to work high. Shocking "news". You forgot caffeine
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