A Growing Wave of Drug Use
In the words of Australian Drug Authorities: ” The growing multi-billion dollar trade of illicit drug use into and within Australia has reached “pandemic” proportions, destroying Australian lives at unprecedented rates.
To put this into perspective, Australian authorities claim that an illicit drug arrest is made every six minutes while a seizure is done every seven minutes. Over 2012 to 2013 alone, authorities seized over $2.7 billion worth of drugs according to an annual Australian Crime Commission Report.
Graham Aston, Victoria Police Commissioner, further added that the drugs that are being discovered and seized are just the “tip of the iceberg”.
A New Enemy
And tip of the iceberg it is considering the fact that Australian authorities are facing a whole new threat in the form of a highly addictive street drug known as “ice”. It is also known as crystal meth and is spreading rapidly in the streets making it one of the top concerns for Aston and his team.
ACC chief executive officer Chris Dawson described the ice situation as “a pandemic” affecting every Australian, beyond the users themselves. He believes that the effect of ice creates ripples that affect other parts of society including the families of the user and the people around them.
Aston admits that the problem with ice is something that they are not used to. Considering the crime and health consequences of this “pandemic”, authorities are still finding ways to stop it from gaining further ground.
You can read the original article, published in the Sydney Morning Herald here.
Drugs in the Workplace
Considering this seemingly uncontrollable rise in drug use in Australia, what can business and company owners do with drugs in the workplace? Even the authorities are at their wit’s end in finding a way to stop this growing terror. We simply cannot do away with just letting drug use go rampant in the workplace especially if it affects the safety of the staff and the business itself.
If you are a business owner and would want to know how to maintain a healthy workplace culture and safeguard yourself, your staff, and the business from the dangers of drugs in the workplace, contact us today for a confidential in-depth discussion.
What is your business doing to protect yourself from the growing trend of drug abuse in Australia?