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Meth, coke, and oil: A drug boom in the Texas shale patch
by Liz Hampton
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7 September 2017
On 7 September 2017 Reuters reported:
. . . Forsythe's experience and others like it reflect a painful flipside of the nation's shale oil boom -- a parallel increase in substance abuse, drug crime, and related social ills. While drug use is a problem among industrial workers nationwide, it raises particular concern in the oil patch as U.S. production surges to record levels in what is already one of the nation's most dangerous sectors -- with a fatality rate about three times the average for other industries, according to 2015 federal statistics. Drug use is a significant factor in workplace injuries and crimes involving oilfield workers, according to drug counselors, hospital, and police officials and court records in West Texas, the epicenter of the U.S. shale sector. ... Meth and cocaine are stimulants of choice in the oil patch to get though long oilfield shifts, but alcohol and pain killers such as opioids are also widely abused -- often to soften the crash after taking stimulants, drug addicts and counselors said. ... Despite corporate and regulatory efforts to curb drug abuse, many oilfield workers regularly use stimulants on long shifts of grueling work for relatively high pay, said drug counselors, local law enforcement officials, and oil field workers recovering from addictions.
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