American Workers Drug Use

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's taking a fresh look at American workers and drug use. According to the findings: One in 12 full-time workers acknowledges having used illegal drugs in the past month.

The highest rates were among restaurant workers, at 17-point-four percent, and construction workers, at 15-point-one percent.

About four percent of teachers and social service workers reported using illegal drugs in the past month, which was among the lowest rates.

For most, the drug of choice was marijuana.

Federal officials say the newest survey is a snapshot, not designed to show whether illicit drug usage by workers is a growing problem or a lessening one.

Testing programs for drug use are fairly prevalent, with almost half of the full-time workers telling the government that their employers have them.


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