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Cocaine on the job

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• An ashen-faced man lies loosely covered by a blanket on a gurney in the corridor of a hospital. His mouth hangs open slackly and his breathing is shallow. One arm is dangling down and has to be sidestepped by the medical personnel rushing by.

On a gurney behind him — there’s seven on this particular day, lined up on both sides of the hall like train cars — a jaundiced looking elderly woman is attended by two paramedics and a relative. There is barely room for them to stand next to her bed in this busy thoroughfare. — Columnist Pam Frampton examines the province’s emergency rooms, from the crowded conditions to the long, long waits.

• At 3 p.m. on a weekday, a bar on George Street is nearly empty.

A bartender idly wipes the counter while a patron leans against it, nursing a beer. … “Yeah, coke’s there,” he says. “I’ve seen it, or guys come in and they were doing it the night before.”

He’s not referring to cocaine at a house party or a club. He’s talking about cocaine at work.

With cocaine use on the rise in St. John’s, the issue of substance abuse in the workplace is a growing safety concern.

• A recent television ad by the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) asks, “A have province should mean have people, shouldn’t it?”

Matthew Mendelsohn finds that sort of language a bit dismaying; as director of the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto and a former Ontario deputy minister, Mendelsohn does a lot of writing about  the Canada equalization formula.

“I think the language of ‘have’ and ‘have not’ is completely misleading,” Mendelsohn told The Telegram.

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Organizations: Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto Breaking News

Geographic location: George Street, Ontario, Canada

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  • concerned
    January 28, 2013 - 05:50

    Iagree 100 percent if the average male or female has to be tested and if they fail a person from child welfare can ruin someones life but yet what gives someone from child welfare the right to do that when they dont have to be tested, does NL child welfare have a shortage of councillers are they afraid they will lose half or more of their workers if they are tested, come on please if the average person ha sto be tested so above all should they especially with their authority, i dont want my family to be ruined by some drug using child welfare councillor, whats good for the goose is good for the gander. right?

  • Steve
    January 27, 2013 - 19:34

    Instant solution to the cocaine problem, start selling rat poison telling people it's cocaine. The drug pushers will be run out of business with no drugged up welfare bums buying from them.

  • tracey
    January 26, 2013 - 20:23

    In thetelegram all week long was all about drug users ,and how a lot of companies hve to be drug tested. This one is very interesting to me and I'm sure aloit of other people would agree is that the most powerful people employed in nl don't have to be tested.those people are the child welfare. These people have more authority then the police force - Why ain't these people of all people. Don't have to be DRUG testes?why ? These people are removing chidren very frequenty. From homes ue to parents having drug problems. So why do these people not drug tested? Curiois to what other people look at this agree o disagree? These people should be drug tested 100% certain. Thank - you