Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Drugs

A. Richey

According to NDSHS data, workers are more likely to have used illicit drugs in the past 12 months (17%) compared to people not in the paid workforce (12%).

The most common drug was cannabis, followed by ecstasy, amphetamines, painkillers and cocaine. Hospitality workers were the most likely to have used an illicit drug, with 31% consuming in the previous twelve months. This was followed by construction (24%) and retail (21%). The lowest levels were in education, mining, and administration. Tradespeople were at 27% and unskilled workers at 22%. 2.5% of the people surveyed reported going to work ...

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