Drugs And Their Effects On Business

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Drugs And Their Effects On Business

 Drugs are used heavily for recreational purposes.  It is becoming more
common for addicts to get high at work.  Stoned workers are inefficient and
are costing companies millions in accidents and los t productivity.
Searches to catch users have raised questions of the right to privacy.  The
problem has become so big that companies have banded together to form
rehabilitation programs to help the affected workers.  Drug use affects
employees for one re ason or another in every position of a company, and
this greatly reduces the efficiency of those employees, and this has
prompted companies to initiate illegal searches, which question the rights
of employees, and rehabilitation programs.

 Drug abuse causes many serious problems that could have been avoided if
the user wasn't on drugs.  The problem of drug abuse has its worse effects
when the persons using drugs are responsible for millions of dollars in
equipment, money, or lives.  The armed forces w hich are responsible for
the defense of the nation and its interests should be ready at all times.
But due to drug abuse the performance of military personal can be seriously
reduced.  An air crash in 1985 on the aircraft carrier Nimitz killed 14
crewmen and autopsies revealed that 11 of them were on drugs.  "(The U.S.)
spends billions of dollars on military defense, and our military may be
crippled by this drug problem."T Drugs cost a lot and the need for
them is ever increasing.  A drug habit can quickly drain a worker's pay
check while he still needs more drugs.  An employee will embezzle to raise
the funds necessary to buy more drugs, an employee in a high place has
access to embezzle large amounts of cash or sell company secrets to rival
compa nies or foreign powers.  Drugs reduce the ability to make decisions,
and if the addict is responsible for large amounts of cash the effects can
be distasterous.  The sales end of companies have been renowned for
indulging in wine, women, and song before o r during the actual
transaction, but the adverse effects on the decision making process by
drugs and alcohol can induce the parties to buy at high prices or not buy
needed supplies, which can cost large sums of money.  Rival companies can
even "pressure a drug-impaired executive into taking actions that hurt his
company." "The abuse of drugs by executives causes disterous problem
nationwide."Drug abuse also causes a leech effect on productivity
due to workers not being at their best state o f condition.  "Working while
intoxicated, whatever the drugs, both the individual, the industry, and
society." Workers on drugs are uncoordinated and unalert.
Uncoordinated workers on an assembly line have a higher percentage of error
than their sober counterparts making for defective parts and merchandise
which will be returned by irate customers.  This will cost a company in
worthless merchandise and unhappy customers who most likely will not use
their products again.  A worker with drug proble ms also misses more days
on sick leave than a worker without a drug problem.  "We are just beginning
to recognize the problem." The addicted drug users all have some type
of reason for using drugs, or getting addicted.

 The reasons for people u sing drugs on the job are as varied as the drugs
themselves.  There are both stereotypical and practicality reasons for
using drugs on the job.  A chronolgical reason for drugs filtering up into
business is that the drug oriented students of the sixties g rew up and
went into careers bringing their drugs with them.  Blue-collar workers use
drugs to relieve the boredom of menial work.  Years of working on an
assembly line may create a high amount of tedium that only drugs can
relieve.  People in the high pr essure of white-collar jobs that create
tension are prone to drug abuse. Manager types get paid well and "They are
used to feeling masterful and are not likely to view drugs as
threatening" so the odds are high of them getting addicted even
though they are used to clean living.  Jobs that require creativity such as
artists use drugs to stimulate their creativity.  The most logical reason
for drug abuse is the accessibility of drugs at work and in society.  If
drugs are so accessible then of course there are going to be abusers.  The
government has tried to stop the flow of drugs inside the United States,
but they haven't had any overwhelming success.  Cocaine is becoming more
popular because it provides an intense high that gives

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