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Survey: One-Sixth of Unemployed Workers Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

The self-reported study may underestimate addiction


Substance abuse problems are much more prevalent among people who have lost their jobs compared to those who have full time work.

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That revelation comes from a federal government survey that found almost one in every six unemployed workers — 17% — to be addicted to drugs of alcohol. That compared to 9% of workers who hold full-time jobs. However, since there was no independent assessment of the participants in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the self-reported survey could be under-reporting actual levels substance abuse, CNN notes.

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According to the survey, 21 million adult workers in the U.S. suffered from drug or alcohol dependency last year. While half of those held full-time employment, the number was the largest of addicted Americans ever reported.

About 40% of drug users report full-time employment. Among all respondents, alcohol abuse was the most-reported substance abused.

Roughly 9% of all workers reported using marijuana, heroin, cocaine or other illicit drugs in 2012.

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