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Meth to Their Madness

Do some of your employees have a need for speed? Find out how to handle it.

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This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Americans are working harder and longer, and now some people are turning to drugs for a quick boost--with dire consequences. Drugs in the workplace may not be a new phenomenon, but there's a new poison taking precedence: Workplace methamphetamine abuse rose 68 percent in 2003 from a year earlier, according to data from Quest Diagnostics Inc., a large supplier of employee drug tests.

Methamphetamine, a type of speed, initially gives users a feeling of incredible energy, followed by a physical and mental crash. "It keeps them awake, and they can do marathon-type work," says Timothy Dimoff, CEO and president of Akron, -based SACS Consulting & Investigative Services Inc., a solutions provider for high-risk workplace issues. "When they crash, they'll be sluggish, inattentive, lethargic; they'll fall asleep at work or call in sick."

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