Behavior: Addicts at Work

Plant manager, college registrar, pharmacy clerk, teletype operator, postal worker, security officer and steel mill worker. These are but a handful of some 60 types of jobs held by 95 New York City drug users who cooperated anonymously in a recent study of addicts at work. Their revelations confirm in detail what other studies have suggested: addicts on the payroll bring financial loss and widespread criminality to U.S. business and industry.

Of the 95 subjects interviewed by the Manhattan-based Training for Living Institute, * 87 had been on heroin. Three-fourths were male, half were black, one-fourth white, one-fourth Puerto Rican. Most had...

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