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September 17, 2015

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Throwback Thursday – psychoactive drugs in the workplace


This week’s Throwback Thursday comes from June 1989 and looks at the problems of using psychoactive drugs at work. John Ballard interviews the deputy director of the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse.

The interview takes into account long term health risks, why drugs are problematic and looks at where employers can get advice.



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Nigel Dupree
Nigel Dupree
8 years ago

All very well focusing on recreational drugs and alcohol in increasingly use, by too many, to decompress from today’s perceived work/life stress, pressure and demands that human resources are attempting to accommodate through through inappropriate ineffective strategies. However, in the chain of causation leading the work/life fatigue related and well meaning accommodations, self-medicated has become the norm in order to deal with the symptoms of stress manifesting, over time, in “adaptation exhaustion” presenting in behaviours tantamount to self-harm exacerbating the potential risk of developing some debilitating illness and/or worse one of many non-communicable diseases. Over-exposure to a stressor, be that… Read more »