What negative consequences does pharmaceutical drug use have for Australian workplaces?

There is a degree of risk when employees use pharmaceutical drugs for medical or non-medical purposes. This risk may be increased if pharmaceutical drugs are used by employees whose work role requires abstinence from specific pharmaceutical drugs (for instance, prescription drugs which specify that driving or operating heavy machinery should be avoided when under their influence).

People react differently to drugs. The way in which one person reacts to a pharmaceutical drug may differ from another’s reaction. How a pharmaceutical drug affects a person is unknown if the drug has not been used before, and/or is used for non-medical purposes.


Source: Adapted from Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2016)