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Occupation: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

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ILLICIT DRUGS AND HEAVY ALCOHOL USE,
DEPENDENCE or ABUSE

Among Full-Time Workers Aged 18-64

 

HPT Occupation

All Occupations Average

Illicit Drug Use

6.1%

8.2%

Heavy Alcohol Use

3.9%

8.8%

Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse

1.4%

2.6%

Alcohol Dependence or Abuse

5.4%

9.2%

  • Illicit Drug Use refers to the use of any of these drugs in any of the 30 days prior to the interview: marijuana or hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens (including phencyclidine [PCP], lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD] and Ecstacy [MDMA]), heroin, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used nonmedically, which includes stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers and pain relievers.
  • Heavy Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on each of 5 or more days in the 30 days prior to the interview.
  • Dependence or abuse is based on the definition found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) and applies to the 12-month period prior to the interview.


WORKPLACE TESTING
For Drug or Alcohol Use Among Full-Time Workers Aged 18-64

 

HPT Occupation

All Occupations Average

Pre-Employment Testing

52.5%

42.9%

Random Testing

30.9%

29.6%


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