What Is The Most Dangerous Drug?- 15 May
We talk a lot about many of the different dangers of drugs and drug-use at the workplace. But what drug has caused the most harm to its users? What drug is the most dangerous drug?
The Economist put out an interesting article showcasing what drugs were deemed most dangerous based on a recent report published by the Global Commission on Drug Policy in June of last year (2019).
While they compared their findings to the UN’s drug classification system that differs from the U.S. system, some of their findings are somewhat applicable to us in the U.S. as well.
The Economist reported that some drugs while being classified or widely-considered to be more dangerous or illegal do not necessarily coincide with the danger realities found in this study.
One of the most glaring examples of this being found with alcohol. Alcohol is legal, yet it was considered the most dangerous when connected to the amount of harm or danger it imposes to its users.
The study also showcased potential harm caused outside of harm to the user themselves. Out of the 14 drugs shown in the chart above, only two were found to rarely cause any harm outside of the user.
This potential harm to community and environment, along with an increase in economic costs and potential for crime and injuries are exactly why drug testing and drug-free workplace policies are so important. These policies not only help protect the user while at work, but your other employees and the workplace itself.
Taking a quote from the report, “It is past high time to accept the fact that a society without drugs is an illusion.” Drug use is very prevalent in our society today, so now more than ever it is important to regulate drugs. Help keep your employees safe and protect yourself from liabilities by keeping these dangers away from your own workplace.
If you are interested in starting or expanding your drug screening services, feel free to reach out to our Drug Testing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.