A1986 employer survey reflects a new awareness of an old problem in the workplace. Forty-two percent of employers surveyed reported an increase in female employees' abuse of drugs including alcohol. Fifty-eight percent of managers reported an increase in cocaine abuse since 1981. In addition, this study shows a blurring of gender differences in drug use. It should come as no surprise that over one half the employers surveyed reported a reliance on drug testing procedures as well as the more benign approaches of education/counseling to contain the problem

Note on the Author

Genevieve Fitzpatrick is Professor of Health.