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Stimulant Use Up at Work, Obesity Costs Rising: Quest Study

Times may be good in the healthcare field for jobs and healthcare organizations’ expansions, but there’s also little dark, dirty secrets no one talks about.

More and more drugs are being used by healthcare workers, according to a new study by Quest Diagnostics, the medical testing company.

According to a story by Mickey Meece, the number of employees testing positively for cocaine, amphetamines and other stimulants in the workplace has risen significantly, according to Quest’s annual Drug Testing Index.

Could it be stress? It’s possible. Meece notes that Quest said that cocaine and amphetamines (amphetamine and methamphetamine) are stimulants typically used to make people more alert and less sleepy. One researcher, she writes, suggested people were turning to stimulants to get through overtime or second (and third) jobs.

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