SPEEDING DOWN THE HIGHWAY - LONG DISTANCE TRUCK DRIVERS AND DRUG USE

It is without doubt that the use of stimulant drugs by long distance truck drivers is perceived to be an occupational hazard. Research indicates that somewhere between 25% and 80% of truck drivers use drugs to help them stay awake. In response to this, the Australian Drug Foundation conducted a pilot information campaign targeting truck drivers en route between Melbourne and Brisbane. The project provided harm reduction information through convenience advertising, postcards and 0055 telephone information. Twenty-four hour truck stops were used as distribution points. In implementing and evaluating the project, a number of issues arose which reflect the difficulty of attempting to tackle drug use within the trucking industry. These include the sensitivity of transport companies; the necessity to also address underlying structural issues, such as remuneration, conditions of roads, and driving hours; and consideration of the legal status of "stay awake" drugs. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861623.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 127-34

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00715686
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1-875271-22-8
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM