A new study from Curtin University in Western Australia has found out that hospitality workers are more likely to engage in prescription drug abuse than workers from other industries, reports Lucy Martin for ABC News.
Prescription drug abuse also more likely among blue collar workers
The study analysed results taken from data gathered over the last decade by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which conducts a national survey every three years to determine how prevalent alcohol, tobacco and drug use in the community is.
Focusing on data from approximately 70,000 working Australians aged between 20 and 65, the researchers discovered that of all the working-age Australians surveyed, 3.7 per cent responded that they had used a pharmaceutical drug for non-medical purposes.
The key finding, says Professor Mark Harris of the Curtin University’s department of economics and property, is that workers in hospitality “were more likely to misuse pharmaceutical drugs”. He added that the study also reveals that blue collar workers like labourers and construction workers were much more likely to misuse prescription drugs than those working white collar jobs.
Whatever the Curtin University study says about the likelihood of hospitality workers to abuse prescription drugs, the fact remains that any person working in any industry can fall prey to prescription drug abuse. Worse, drug testing at work for prescription drug abuse can prove to be difficult, as Richard Clancy from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry declares later in the article.
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