“which’s something general public doesn’t think about, I don’t think about the idea. I don’t look at my employees as well as coworkers as well as think they could be drug addicts, or they could be using drugs at work,” Freedman said.
About 60 percent of cocaine users reported using on the job, whereas only 23.38 percent of habitual hallucinogen users reported dosing at work. which was still a high enough number to shock Freedman.
“A lot of the drugs here — methamphetamine, opiates, ecstasy, cocaine, Adderall — you can perform reasonably normally,” Freedman said. He argued the same was not true for hallucinogens, which include mind-altering substances, like LSD as well as mushrooms.
“the idea’s the lowest number although its still shocking to me,” he added.
Despite a few outliers, Freedman’s findings seemed painfully mundane.
“These habits don’t seem to fit the stereotypes we typically associate with these drugs,” Freedman said.
“Most of these people have jobs, wake up at a normal time as well as eat breakfast – although they can have a crippling addiction to their drug of choice,” he added.
The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use as well as Health revealed about 28.6 million people 12-years-old or older, or about 10.6 percent of Americans, reported using illicit drugs within 30 days of being surveyed. About 7.4 million people are estimated to have a substance abuse disorder associated with their drug use.
These numbers may be skewed, as they include cannabis use, which will be legal in some states.
Addicts comprise a comparatively smaller percentage of the total population, although their plight will be worsening as a result of climbing opioid addiction rates as well as deaths.