A million British workers pumped up with drugsJuly 3rd, 2012 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS
London, July 2 (IANS) Over a million people in Britain are pumped up with drugs, a study suggests.
Statistics from a drug-testing firm have revealed that around one in 30 employees tested at work last year had taken narcotics, with the most commonly-used drugs being cannabis, opiates and cocaine, Daily Mail reported.
Earlier this year, a senior British police officer asked employers to consider drug-testing middle-class professionals to help stem country’s spiralling cocaine trade.
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said affluent workers were fuelling the one billion pound annual market in the drug.
Many of them, he said, were working in roles, including surgeons, teachers and drivers, where cocaine use risks lives.
The latest figures have come from an analysis of 1.7 million tests carried out by the company Concateno for 856 UK employers, including public transport firms, freight hauliers and the emergency services.
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