Drug use falling among workers as awareness of testing programs increases

<p>Chances are improving that your co-worker is straight and sober</p>


Chances are improving that your co-worker is straight and sober.


Thanks to employer crackdowns and increased awareness of drug-testing programs, workplace drug use in the US hit a new low in 2006, according to an annual testing index released by Quest Diagnostics Inc., a drug testing service.


Amphetamine use among federal workers, including pilots, truck drivers and others mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for drug testing, fell 20 per cent last year, the index reported.


And use of marijuana, the most commonly detected drug, fell 6.3 per cent among the general workforce, according to Barry Sample, Quest’s director of science and technology for employer solutions.

More businesses are submitting employees to drug tests, including the majority of the Fortune 1000 companies, he said.

Drug users seem to have caught on, he added, and are learning to look for work elsewhere if they aren’t ready to kick the habit.

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