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What Are The Effects Of Substance Abuse

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Different types of drugs and its causes, how drug abuse can also result in extreme mood swings, how body reacts on substances, what are the other signs of a substance abuse, what is the importance of wearing proper respiratory protection.This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 19 minute full length version.

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Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a drug or alcohol problem. Their behavior "under the influence" can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company’s reputation. Worst of all it can significantly increase the chances of workplace incidents and injuries.

Atlantic Training’s "Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse… for Managers and Supervisors" training program discusses drug and alcohol abuse, the damage it causes to workers and the businesses that employ them, and what should be done to create and maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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Video Transcript

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines and phencyclidine or PCP. Alcohol is a depressant, slowing down physical responses and progressively impairing mental functions. Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse include aggressive and violent behaviour, lack of coordination, alcohol odor on breath, staggering, slowed reaction time and slurred speech. Cocaine a controlled substance is use medically as a local anesthetic when abuse it can be powerful mental and physical stimulant. Cocaine abusers may show increase physical activity and fatigue, wide mood swings, runny nose and unusual defensiveness anxiety or agitation. Other behavioral clues to suspect an employee of abusive alcohol or other drugs include higher absentee rate compared to average workers, high accident rate, loss of ambition, impaired thinking and depression.