Do you think your co-worker is abusing painkillers?

By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics

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Have you ever wondered if your co-worker is taking drugs?

You notice they have low energy and have trouble focusing and completing their work. Maybe their mood swings create problems with you or other co-workers? These are all red flags that surround drug abuse or drug withdrawal.

Keep in mind that the drug doesn’t have to be an illegal drug because prescription drugs can also be abused.


Do you think your co-worker is abusing painkillers?

Opiates are very addictive.Blog Bus Drivers on Pain Killers

If your co-worker is abusing their painkillers, they become a liability and can create an unsafe work environment. Some jobs are dangerous, so if you add drugs, legal or illegal, on top of that, it becomes a dangerous situation. Imagine someone abusing painkillers while driving a school bus, working on a construction site or working in the healthcare industry.

Painkillers, also know as Opiates, are one commonly prescribed and abused drug. When prescribed by a medical doctor and taken as prescribed, opiates such as Vocodin, Demerol, Oxycontin, Morphine and Percocet are legal. Opiates like heroin are always illegal, and it is also illegal to take someone else’s prescription drug.

Painkiller abuse knows no boundaries.

The person can be a father of two who coaches baseball. It can be a single, middle-aged woman who became addicted to painkillers after taking too many and taking them too often after knee surgery.

If you feel they are abusing drugs, the bottom line is they need help. This, however, can put you in a difficult situation. Do you tell your manager? Are you a tattletale, sticking your nose in someone else’s business? If you’re their boss, is there a policy in place to address drug abuse in the workplace? All great questions, but the real issues are safety, getting the person help and drug testing.

Drug Testing in the Workplace.

To make sure your workplace is a safe place and that the burden does not fall on one person’s observations, drug testing is highly recommended and in some cases mandatory. It can be part of pre-employment testing or random drug testing. For more information about drug testing in the workplace, read our blog 6 Things you need for Drug Testing in the Workplace.

For more information, download our free e-book Drug Testing in the Business World. What Every Company Needs to Know.

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Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing and is a 12 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.

For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.

This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a physician for more information and specifics. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.


This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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