We know that drug use in the workplace can cause higher worker’s compensation costs, legal issues, and higher health care premiums. And like any other drug, amphetamines can wreak havoc in the workplace, putting not only the user but co-workers and customers at risk.
When carefully prescribed by a doctor, Amphetamine use is not always a problem. However, when users take higher than prescribed levels of amphetamines, or use them illegally without a prescription, problems can arise. That’s why it is important that you are able to recognize the signs of amphetamine abuse.
Amphetamine abuse typically appears in two phases. The first of these phases is the “intoxication phase.” This phase may last a few days or continue for weeks and is characterized by euphoria and excitement. Judgement and coordination may be impaired, causing employees to take unnecessary risks while operating machinery, or to drive aggressively. Employees under the effect of these drugs may become more talkative, energetic, and full of confidence. Their attitude towards work may improve and they may be able to complete more work than usual. But these effects will not last, and as the intoxication phase gives way to the abstinence phase, their performance will decline.
During the abstinence phase users may become depressed and violent, and will almost certainly suffer from exhaustion. This exhaustion may cause them to fall asleep while driving, or while operating machinery. The quality of their customer service may also decline due to exhaustion, and the user can become anxious or hostile.
The best way to combat amphetamine use in the workplace is to have a drug testing policy and testing procedures in place.