Dealing with someone who has a drug or alcohol problem
When you become aware of the issue, you should:
- keep accurate, confidential records of instances of poor performance or other problems
- interview the worker in private as early as possible in the process
- concentrate on the instances of poor performance that have been identified
- ask for the worker's reasons for poor performance and question whether it could be due to a health problem, without specifically mentioning alcohol or drugs
- if appropriate, discuss your alcohol and drugs policy and the help available inside or outside of your organisation
- agree future action
- arrange regular meetings to monitor progress and discuss any further problems if they arise.
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act drugs are classified according to their perceived danger.
- Class A: including ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, LSD, mescaline, methadone, morphine, opium and injectable forms of class B drugs.
- Class B: including cannabis, cannabis resin, oral preparations of amphetamines, barbiturates, codeine and methaqualone (Mandrax).
- Class C: including most benzodiazepine (for example, Temazepam, Valium), other less harmful drugs of the amphetamine group, and anabolic steroids.