Research Essay Drugs/Alcohol in the Home

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Can you remember the most important thing to you as a child or the most memorable moment with your family? For some children, neither of these questions posed would generate a fond memory. Why? Because, “Of the 12.7 million who used illegal drugs in the last month, about 10 million are presumed to be casual drug users, and about 2.7 million are addicts”, according to the Schaeffer Library of Drug policy [you need a citation here]. How many of that 2.7 million are parents? Children look to their parents for loving homes that not only provide them with financial stability but physical and emotional support as well; therefore, a child devoid of supportive parents cannotbe expected meet his or her full potential

According to OSHA, “of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 and older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time.   For those who are fortunate enough to be employed, their continued employment is usually shaky at best. They are often either unable to come to work or just unfocused and unable to perform when they are there. Majority of them find it hard to leave their problems at the door when they arrive (OSHA, 2008). Some abusers are so oblivious to the world around them that they actually think people do not notice when they are high and report to work while still high.   They often display signs and symptoms that are easily recognizable as drug or substance abuse and often hear from co-workers about deterioration of their work. (Source Urology Times, 2008).   In Australia, almost one million people admitted to arriving to work drunk or under the influence according to a National Drug Strategy Household Survey (,27574,23833430-5017348,00.html “Aussies going to work on drugs By Annalise Walliker, June 09, 2008). These types of numbers are alarming. In addition, a drug or alcohol impairment can make for an avoidable workplace hazard and is why OSHA strongly supports...