Are Your Employees on Heroin?

When you are in charge of employees, particularly in high-hazard industries such as mining, aviation and transportation, it is important to understand the signs of different narcotic and alcohol poisoning in your staff. This knowledge will better equip you to keep your workplace safe, secure and enjoyable. After all, if you and your employees are spending most of your waking hours at the workplace, it should be a time of productivity, usefulness and purpose.

Heroin (diacetylmorphine) is an opioid synthesized from morphine. It is a euphoric drug which also numbs pain and suppresses anxiety. It creates a greater high in the body than oxymorphone and hydromorphone, due to a larger histamine release. Drowsiness and alertness can alternate, depending upon the current effect on the body at that moment. Slowed breathing and temporary muscular weakness are also strong side effects of heroin abuse. [1]

Long-term abuse of heroin results in dramatic reductions in immune ability. Respiratory infection and pneumonia are common results, as well as infection of the heart lining and the heart valves. Obviously, the liver would decrease in functional ability. In addition to this, veins can collapse and abscesses can form in the organs. This is a highly destructive drug, and can lead to extremely dangerous behavior if abused in the working environment. If you have a heroin addict on your staff, understand that their reasoning, comprehension of morality and accountability, and their physical strength are all greatly compromised. Flushing and a rash are also typical with heroin use. [2]

Heroin is also documented to be quickly addictive. That is, the body develops a tolerance and subsequent need for the drug at a fast rate. Heroin users can ingest the drug orally, through injection with a hypodermic needle, by smoking it, snorting it, and through “plugging,” which is anal or vaginal insertion, typically using an oral syringe. [3]

Your employees would very likely be in financial difficulty, due to the ever increasing amounts of heroin required to sustain their high. They would also be highly susceptible to sickness, especially viruses and infections. The euphoric effect of the drug, along with the accompanying muscle weakness, would exhibit as careless, thoughtless, lazy or even dangerous workplace behavior. During withdrawal, depression, high irritation, aggressive and erratic behavior are all quite common.

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1. “Evidence from opiate binding studies that heroin a… [Life Sci. 1983] – PubMed result.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6319928.
2. “Time series modeling of heroin and morphine drug action.” Psychopharmacology, Volume 165, Number 2. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. http://www.springerlink.com/content/btvv1whlq69qmgnv/.
3. “Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of intravenously, orally and rectally administered diacetylmorphine in opioid dependents, a two-patient pilot study within a heroin-assisted treatment program.” RefDoc.Fr. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1511140.

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