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Thousands of Australians turning up to work on methamphetamines

Photo: The report stated that at least 18,500 people turn up to work each day under the influence of methamphetamines. (ABC Local: Kate Hill)

Thousands of Australians are turning up to work under the influence of methamphetamines, according to a new report from South Australia’s peak business lobby.

Key points:

  • Research finds that more than 18,500 in SA turn up to work on methamphetamines
  • Ice is the most consumed illicit drug nationally, according to wastewater testing
  • Some 240,000 workers are under the influence of ice nationally on any given day

SafeWork Laboratories forensic toxicologist Andrew Leibie — who worked on the report — said almost a quarter of a million Australians were high on ice at work “on any given day”.

Mr Leibie said the number of workers testing positive nationally increased from 1.5 per cent in 2016 to 1.9 per cent in 2017, equating to some 240,000 workers and 18,500 in South Australia.

The report also found about 5,000 people in South Australia working in safety sensitive industries — 2.2 per cent of workers — were “either under the influence of ice or suffering its hangover effects”.

Business SA said the research carried out by SafeWork Laboratories focused on workers in occupations involving machinery, such as mining, manufacturing, utilities, construction and transport.

“That means that today there’s 5,000 people working in a safety-sensitive industry who have tested positive; tomorrow it might be another 5,000 separate people,” Mr Leibie said.

“That doesn’t include people working in bars and clubs because they’re not in safety-sensitive industries.

“But if they’re driving to work or driving their kids to school, they’re still putting themselves, other drivers or their children at risk.”

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Thousands of Australians turning up to work on methamphetamines