Pot Use in the Workplace — The Highest Rate in 25 Years

The health diagnostics company, Quest Diagnostics does medical testing. Some of the testing it does is drug testing for companies. Some of that testing is done after an incident or an accident in the workplace.

Quest Diagnostics GM and vice president of employer solutions, Keith Ward said 7.3% of workers tested positive for marijuana use after an accident in 2022. That’s up from 6.7% in 2021.

It’s the highest positive rate since 1997 and Ward said the reason may be “changing societal attitudes about marijuana may be impacting workplace behaviors and putting colleagues at risk.”

As you know, 37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana. There are 21 states that have made it legal for recreational use as well as medical.

Ward said pot use has increased considerably among American workers. Positivity rates  outside of accidents and incidents, rose from 3.9% in 2021 to 4.3% in 2022. Workers testing positively for amphetamines hit 1.5% in 2022 from 1.3% in 2021.

Source link: The Hill — https://bit.ly/3C3UhBW

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