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Study: Many truckers use drugs and alcohol on the job

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A new study reveals drinking and recreational drug use are common among truck drivers, according to NBC News.

Researchers in Brazil looked at several studies from around the world that looked at the drug and alcohol habits of truck drivers and found that over half, on average, reported drinking alcohol on the job.

Some reported using amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine as well.

Young drivers, those with a higher income, those who drove at night and those paid below union recommended rates were more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol while on the job.

The studies that looked at blood at urine samples found lower rates of abuse, but researchers say that may be because those tests only detect a substance that has been used in the few hours before the test.

Researchers did say the number of participants in the study was sometimes low, and only included drivers in Australia, Pakistan, Brazil and the United States, so they may not be representative of the whole trucker community.

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