17 May Remote workers are cokeheads?
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Just when we think we’ve heard it all, the MSM produces yet another WFH hit piece that leaves us speechless.
“Remote Work Comes With Daytime Drug and Drinking Habits
Cocaine, benzodiazepines and other drugs are no longer after-hours activities.”
WTF? How many people are doing cocaine, benzos, and “other drugs” at all, let alone on the clock or off? When you’re scrolling, these types of headlines produce the narrative of: everyone working remotely is a drughead who’s using their paycheck from you to snort coke on the job! 😒
“A May 2022 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates that the number of working age Americans (25 to 54 years old) with substance use disorders has risen by 23% since pre-pandemic, to 27 million.
On any given work day, Ray wakes up, brews coffee, smokes a cigarette, and then ‘takes a hit of pot’ before sitting down to morning Zoom meetings. ‘Yeah, maybe my eyes are red, but no one can see that on Zoom,’ says Ray, a West Coast executive, who typically continues to take a puff of marijuana hourly while on the job — all the long tail of a methamphetamine addiction that he developed during pandemic lockdowns.” -Bloomberg, Ibid.
So why is this article not probing the issue of: was there an increase in drug use due to pandemic lockdowns? Instead we get the same ole, same ole of “Y’all really need to RTO already” and this time, it’s because everyone is supposedly getting high on the job.
“Data suggest there could be millions in the workforce like Ray.
A May 2022 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates that the number of working age Americans (25 to 54 years old) with substance use disorders has risen by 23% since pre-pandemic, to 27 million. A figure that’s about one in six of people who were employed around the time of the study. It’s caused a 9% to 26% drop in labor force participation that Karen Kopecky, one of the authors of the report, says continues today.” -Bloomberg, Ibid.
Data suggest there could be – how mealymouthed is that? I could write a statement like, “Data suggest there could be unicorns living in the wooded area by my house because I’ve seen horse hoof tracks in the mud” and it’s much the same thing. I also think this is akin to the “men are not working because they’re all in Gran’s basement smoking dope” neocon narrative.
“Bloomberg spoke with a half dozen addiction specialists who treat mostly employed patients. All say that their treatment programs are over-enrolled in the wake of the pandemic, fueled by extended remote or hybrid arrangements that offer a dangerous triad: steady paychecks, proximity to drugs and alcohol out of view from co-workers, and incentive to maintain day-to-day functionality. As a result, undetected drug habits flourished and are only now coming to light as more companies require workers to return to the office.” -Bloomberg, Ibid. emphasis mine
Wow. That’s quite an accusation. Meanwhile, I can’t even tell you how many “liquid lunches” I witnessed over my years in sales. The idea that someone can’t take drugs or imbibe alcohol in or around an office environment is absurd. Years ago, I worked with a man who was terminated for drinking on the job but it look MORE THAN A YEAR for the company to prove it was happening. But hey – better put the foot down on RTO so you can flush out who’s been a dopehead on the job and who hasn’t. 😣
We’re also not allowed to talk about why some people feel the need to use drugs and alcohol to cope with Corpo America. Was the human body meant to sit in a cubicle under florescent lighting for 8 or 9 hours per day? I don’t think so. You add sedentary work conditions to ultra-processed foods and you have a fantastic recipe for obesity.
“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
Every other commercial on TV is a drug commercial. My mother and I were observing this the other day and remembering how we are both old enough to remember when that was not the case. But supposedly, Big Pharma and the medical system need tons of money in order to fund research, hardy-har-har. Never mind the ginormous advertising budget they have. But that’s the thing: taking wads of pills and injections from Big Pharma = good. Taking street drugs = bad. Добро пожаловать в Америку.
“Few of her patients perceive themselves as addicts. ‘There’s huge denial. Because of their years at a company and good reputations, their addictions went completely unnoticed until their employers said, ‘You need to come back to the office.’ It was a rude awakening.’ Those in-office days brought on shakes, hangovers and withdrawal symptoms. ‘That’s when they seek out detox.’ Substance misuse has many triggers. But hybrid work, Angres says, telescopes five-to-10 year downward spirals down to months, partially by removing an important social impediment to substance or other addictive tendencies: ample time around healthy people. ‘It really is so much about relationships, and that’s why emphasizing family and a healthy workplace is so critical. A lot of that has been compromised,’ he says.” -Bloomberg, Ibid.
Got it. So you need to RTO because of the children – the Gen Zers out in the street literally begging for in-office work – and for those with substance abuse problems. A lot of collectivist pushing here, n’est-ce pas?
An important part of this reality that’s not talked about enough (unless you read my posts on a daily basis) is the linchpin of groupthink. Are you gonna go along to get along or are you gonna be a problem, pal? C’mon back and do happy hours and birthday cakes and random stop-and-chats in the hallway because that’s what you’re told to do. If you resist and stay home, well, it’s the icy waters of Gotham that await you. You may as well quit and go elsewhere. Oh but, I mean, good luck on that because the unemployment rate is not really 3.5% and Corpo America knows it. *wink*
Conform to the group. Do what is best for Corporate America. Do what is best for others. What is best for Corporate America is what’s best for others. And don’t you want what’s best for others?
It’s not hard to see where this kind of propaganda is going.
“Though back-to-office mandates are unpopular for many reasons, addiction experts note that resistance consistently comes from millions of addicted employees.” -Bloomberg, Ibid.
Wow. So if you are experiencing things like a childcare/eldercare/pet care desert, can’t afford care outside the home, moved away from the office, lack of transportation, etc., nope. You’re probably a drug user trying to hide it from your boss. SMDH.
Yet another diabolical part of such narratives is that we focus on one issue to the exclusion of others. The big one for me is the question why.
- Why did people turn to drugs and alcohol during the pandemic?
- Why do people turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with Corpo America?
- Why are so many people facing childcare/eldercare/pet care deserts and how can this be mitigated?
- Why have a push for RTO at all?
- Why is the MSM set on these WFH hit pieces?
These questions deserve honest answers.