A recent study conducted by researchers from Curtin University has found out that the mining industry—and even the construction sector—is no worse off than other industries when it comes to prescription drug misuse, says a report by Andrew Duffy for Australia’s Mining Monthly.
Results of prescription drug misuse study “surprising”
Professor Mark Harris, a member of the research team, said they focused on data from 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010, and admitted that he himself was taken aback by their findings that the worst sector for prescription drug misuse is not mining or construction, but hospitality.
“There is a danger when you look at raw numbers or anecdotal evidence that you can get conflicting results that disappear when you put them into more sophisticated approaches. I think that’s exactly what happened with the construction and mining industries”, Prof. Harris said.
Still, the study’s findings doesn’t mean the mining industry doesn’t have a pharmaceutical drug problem, because the results indicate that pharmaceutical drug misuse could potentially rise.
Now that was really surprising, because as far as public perception is concerned, the mining industry has the biggest drug problem. Then again, we realise that the study focused on prescription drug misuse and not ice, the one drug that most people believe are causing problems in the mining and construction industries. Perhaps a study that would prove or disprove that perception as well?
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