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NCJ Number: 158315 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use and Abuse: Background Information for Security Personnel
Journal: Polygraph  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(1995)  Pages:151-233
Author(s): R J Heuer Jr
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 83
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides background information for investigators, polygraphers, and adjudicators who make judgments about illegal or improper drug use by cleared employees and applicants.
Abstract: The information should also be helpful in developing training programs, setting standards and policies, documenting the basis for security concern with drug use, and conducting employee assistance programs. The report recognizes that drug use is a symptom rather than a cause of personal and social maladjustment and provides extensive statistics on the prevalence of drug use and how drug use has changed over time. Reasons why drug use is both a security risk and a suitable issue in the employment setting are discussed, as well as causes of drug abuse, ways of judging the significance of past drug use, drug abuse and mental illness, the reliability of drug testing, and drug abuse treatment effectiveness. Appendixes contain further information on specific drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, sedatives, tranquilizers, analgesics, inhalants, and steroids) and on friends use of and attitudes toward drugs. 128 references and 28 tables
Main Term(s): Drug testing
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug abuse; Drug treatment; Drug use; Employee assistance programs; Hallucinogens; Heroin; Mandatory polygraph screening; Marijuana; Personnel security procedures; Personnel selection; Police policies and procedures; Statistics; Steroids; Substance abuse in the workplace; Tranquilizers
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