My coworker talks frequently about his tolerance for painkillers. He has a prescription for... back/leg/nerve pain but it sounds like he adds on other meds by ingesting/snorting: oxycontin 80, opana, vicodin, xanax. Sometimes his behavior at work is strange. He forgets where he has put things or what he has said.
I am trying to understand where he is in his use/abuse. Where this path will lead him.
If your co-worker is in a safety sensitive job, talk to him now! If he is actually doing the drugs in the manner in which you say, he will die. The higher his tolerance, the more he takes, not only is he addicted, he risks overdose and death. He is definitely opioid tolerant and needs to take higher and higher doses for the same affect. He is an addict and will continue to use regardless of the consequences. Please talk with him. What if he ends up in an accident from "nodding" off? I hope to God he isn't a bus driver! If you talk with him and he continues with this behavior AND he is in a safety sensitive position, I hate being a narc, but clue the boss in. Then at least it's in the bosses hands whether or not to pop him for a random drug screen. God, I hate saying that! But he may be jeopardizing other peoples lives, not just his own. I sure do wish you good luck and the courage to do the right thing.
hi, to me it sounds like your friend may be bragging a bit. maybe to impress you. but what he is saying sounds sick to me. he'll probably get let go or even worse.you need to tell him that you think he is a sick person and needs help. the way i grew up is that you don't snitch. but you do what you think is right for you. remember "guilt by association"steer clear of this joker. maybe he will get the hint ,being high at work is not cool . and endangers his fellow workers. why don't you tell him what you think about his drug use at work? telling on someone may start trouble for you and is not your job. he will self destruct on his own. unless he is more then just a coworker to you. tell him he is and you would be really happy to see him get some help. he must be more than just a coworker to you or would be worrying about him at all... good luck
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