One million workers are on drugs

Stat of the day: Nearly one million, or one in 30 employees, go to work with drugs in their system, a new report has found.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 31 Mar 2016

Drug-testing firm Concateno recently conducted 1.7 million random drug tests across 856 British workplaces to find out how many people come to work with drugs in their system. It found that many of the cheery souls across the haulage, police, construction, manufacturing, commerce, retail, heathcare, government and sport sectors weren't in fact high on life, but high on cannabis, cocaine and opiates. One in every 30 staff tested positive, even in the police force. And the most popular substance fuelling the nation's workers? Cocaine. Use of narcotics among employees has shot up 43% in five years.

Across the various demographics tested, however, one age group takes the top spot in the drugs stakes. With a higher disposable income, workers ages 25 to 34 are the most likely to come to work uner the influence. And men are three times more likely to test positive than women.

So is a 'wake and bake' culture gratdually overtaking the UK? Apparently not. Due to sophisticated testing equipment, drugs consumed on a Saturday night can still show up on a Monay morning, even if the subject feels sober. But that's not to say that many workers aren't indulging in a spot of amphetamine snorting of a week day. As Dr Claire George, Concateno's laboratory director, points: 'These are conservative figures when you consider how many companies do not have a screening programme in place.'

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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