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Unformatted text preview: Drugs in the Workplace Drugs in the workplace would mean any employee who usese drugs. Drugs in the workplace has such a negative effect resulting in lower productivity, increased accidents, absenteeism, and health care costs. These are all things that have an effect on society society such such as as the the lower lower productivity. productivity. Although Although statistics do show that over 70% of drug users DO in fact hold a a job. the number of workers workers who fact hold job. In In 2007, 2007, the number of who tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine declined from the previous year, however, drug users cost the work industry $25.6 billion a year. A lot of corporations have employee assistance programs to help them get through things such as drug use that effects their work performace. Drug using employees are also said to be 5 times more likely to file for workers compensation, and only 40% of industrial accidents are contributed to alcohol. Random drug testing in the workplace does help keep some workers off of drugs in order to avoid being termindated. Although many feel that drug testing is degrading and dehumanizing. How Drugs Affect Our Society Drugs in the Family Drugs in the family would mean anyone in the family unit who chose to use drugs. There is an association between between drug use )or alcohol) and the likelihood that a couple will seperate or divorce. Theses usually cause more marital problems. Family life life may may reduce reduce drug drug involvement. involvement. Meaning, Meaning, ifif you you are involved with your family, or have family interventions if need be, there is less of a risk for drugs in the family. It is showsn that marijuana use by young black males is significantly reduced when both parents are present. So, if the parents are doing drugs/alcohol, there are more likely to split up. If the child paretns in they are are less less child has has both both paretns in their their lives, lives, they likely to try or do drugs. It has also been shown that parental substance abuse is a factor for between 1/3 and 2/3s of all children involved with the child welfare system. These children with drug using parents are also more likely to be placed in child protection services. Child abuse is more likely when substance abuse is present in the family. When parents use drugs, greater drugs, the the children children who who are are neglected neglected are are at at greater risk for being arrested on drug and alcohol violations. In this has In turn, turn, this has a a negative negative effect effect on on society. society. Drug Abuse by Older Adults Drug abuse by older adults means that the adult is aged 55 or older. It is said that drug abuse by Americans 60 and older is an invisible epidemic, which means that we usually see and hear less about it. it. Some Some examples examples of of drug drug abuse abuse in in older older adults adults would would be be things things such such as as the the statistics statistics showing showing that that in in 2008, more than 49,000 people aged 55 years and older went to the emergency room as a result of an adverse reaction to an illicit drug, and more than 151,000 wehnt to an emergency room due to the nonmendical use of a pharmaceutical drug (i.e. taking too much cough medicine that contains alcohol), 39,000 39,000 people people went went to to an an emergency emergency room room after after experiencing an adverse reaction from alcohol in comination with another drug. Because medical care comination with another drug. Because medical care professionals often over look substance abuse in older older adults, adults, they they are are actually actually enabeling enabeling and and contributing to the problem. It also accelerates the already psychological functioning and becuase older adults are more affected by drugs, it increases their risk for accidents and injuries. Works Cited: Goldberg, Ray. Drugs across the Spectrum. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2003. Print. ...
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