At the Downriver Bar Association meeting last evening it was suggested that lawyers have a high rate of substance abuse disorders. I wasn’t sure if that was the case so I did some cursory research and found the following on the web. This information was heavily quoted and, despite one article in a Brooklyn paper that said lawyers were twice as likely to suffer from substance use disorders as the general population, I did not find anything to support that contention.
One reason that might seem to be the case is that lawyers, like doctors and airline pilots might be capable of doing greater damage and getting themselves into a lot of trouble if they do abuse substances and neglect their professional responsibilities. Moreover, if you work on the line at Ford and get arrested for a DUI you probably are not in immediate danger of losing your livelihood, whereas a professional might be.
I have noticed that lawyers may get preferential treatment by the courts, but if they get a substance abuse conviction, the requirements are stringent. I always stress with my professional treatment clients that you can lose a laboring job you may be able to find an equivalent position next week, but if you lose a practice it will take years to rebuild, if you ever get your professional license back.
5 Jobs with Highest Rate of Drug Use
Food service workers and construction workers have the highest prevalence of illicit drug use, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).
The study looked at current drug use among 21 major occupational groups from 2002 through 2004. The study found that an annual average of approximately 9.4 million current illicit drug users and 10.1 million heavy alcohol users were employed full-time during that period.
The study found that current drug users were more likely to work for employers that didn't conduct drug or alcohol testing programs. Nearly a third of current illicit drug users said they would be less likely to work for employers that conducted random drug testing.
The occupational groups with the highest prevalence of current drug use among full-time workers were:
· Food preparation and serving (17.4 percent)
· Construction (15.1 percent)
· Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media (12.4 percent)
· Sales (9.6 percent)
· Installation, maintenance, and repair (9.5 percent)
The occupational groups with the lowest prevalence of current drug use among full-time workers were:
· Protective service (3.4 percent)
· Community and social services (4.0 percent)
· Education, training, and library (4.1 percent)
· Legal (4.8 percent)
· Financial (4.9 percent)
The study found the highest rates of current heavy alcohol use among construction, mining, excavation and drilling workers (17.8 percent), and installation, maintenance, and repair workers (14.7 percent).
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To see something plain absurd
Everybody's crying mercy
When they don't know the meaning of the word…