Drug Use at Work Soaring

An alarming number of companies in Cape Town is seeking help for employees who use -and in some cases even sell – drugs in the workplace.

“More companies are asking for assistance. More employees are using drugs at work, and even selling them there, using the workplace as a marketplace.”

Peter Schultz, chairman of the SA Association of Social Workers in Private Practice, said he had worked with firms from six sectors that were dealing with employees who took and sold drugs at work. He said telltale signs of drug use were frequent bathroom breaks, frequent late-coming, unexplained ailments, and generally erratic behavior, where the employee seemed “out of control”.