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Australians’ drug and alcohol habits exposed

According to an article in the West Australian, Australians are smoking less, still drinking dangerously high amounts and taking more drugs than they were three years ago.

The article is based on an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare survey, which involved more than 22,000 Australians aged 14 and over.

According to the article: “Use of cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, hallucinogens and inhalants all climbed between 2016 and 2019. Cannabis remains Australia’s most popular controlled substance, with more than one-in-three users getting high at least once a week. Cocaine use is becoming more frequent, with about one-in-six users saying they took it at least once a month, up from about one-in-10 in 2016. Richer Australians were more likely to use drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, while poorer Australians used more opioids.”

The survey also highlighted, according to the article, that Australians are becoming more relaxed about drugs, with increased support for pill testing and legalising cannabis.

To see the full article, go to the West Australian’s website.

NOTE; Integrity Sampling conducts pre-employment and workplace drug and alcohol testing services and is able to provide educational services such as employee drug awareness online induction programs and onsite managers and supervisors toolbox training sessions. Many people find themselves working in unsafe conditions which can put them in danger, both mentally and physically. As an employee, you have the right to be safe at work. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to keep your workers safe.

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According to an article in the West Australian, Australians are smoking less, still drinking dangerously high amounts and taking more drugs than they were three years ago. Credit GoToVan https://www.flickr.com/photos/gotovan/14370166049/

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Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Thomastown and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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