It’s a disturbing trend. A growing number of U.S. workers are using amphetamines, and one of the reasons could be tough economic times.
Quest Diagnostic, the drug-testing company, reported a 57 percent spike in workers across the country testing positive for amphetamines in the last five years, and they reported “alarmingly” high rates of positives for methamphetamines in nine states, including Hawaii, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Kansas.
“In 2010 alone, thousands of U.S. workers tested positive for this highly addictive substance that can affect behavior and judgment, and quickly change the course of a life,” said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions.
This isn’t some little sample of employees. The company bases its data on more than 4.5 million urine specimens collected from the general U.S. workforce from January-December 2010.
Dr. Steven Shoptaw, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Family Medicine, and a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded clinical researcher focused on medications and behavioral therapies for methamphetamine dependence, speculated that the economy may be contributing to the problem. (more…)