Australia’s ice epidemic has trickled from the streets into corporate offices as the deadly drug makes its way into the veins of high-earning business men and women.
The Australian Government Department of Heath places corporate ice addicts into the ‘functional user’ category – meaning the methamphetamine is regularly used by professional workers to supplement their high-pressure lifestyle.
‘In this context methamphetamines are used to enhance confidence – alertness – concentration – motivation – energy and stamina or suppress appetite and lose weight’ the department said.
‘While social users readily recognise the illicit nature of their drug use functional users are less inclined to’.
Ice is also claimed to be used not only in many unskilled or semi-skilled roles such as trades and construction – labouring – driving – hospitality and sex workers but also in more professional roles such as IT – management – finance and in the area of health.
It was also found that many professional women said weight-loss was a significant motivator in their continued use of the addictive narcotic.