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Cocaine use up among Hawaii workers and job applicants

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:34 p.m. HST, Jul 03, 2014

Hawaii workers testing positive for cocaine use has steadily increased from a year ago, although in small numbers, according to data released on Thursday by Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. 

"Cocaine use has been slowly creeping up every quarter since the third quarter of last year, confirming what we are hearing anecdotally," Carl Linden, DLS' scientific director of toxicology, said in a press release. "The actual number of positive tests for coke is still relatively small, but it is a definite trend."

The number of workers testing positive for cocaine grew to 0.4 percent in the second quarter from 0.2 percent in the year-earlier period. 

Amphetamine use also rose to 0.9 percent in the quarter from 0.6 percent a year earlier, while marijuana dropped to 2.2 percent from 3 percent and synthetic urine to 0.4 percent from 0.8 percent. Opiate use remained unchanged at 0.2 percent.

DLS' quarterly sample size typically includes between 7,000 and 10,000 drug tests for Hawaii workers and job applicants.

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sailfish1 wrote:
Fire the workers testing for illegal drugs. We don't want to deal with druggies.
on July 3,2014 | 05:58PM
atilter wrote:
that's it! no alternatives - nothing! USE => LOOSE!!! are users willing to give their "last and ultimate full measure" to ensure their habitual abuse???
on July 3,2014 | 06:18PM
Rahjah_Dat wrote:
Blame the H ells Angels motorcycle gang for this. They came to Honolulu last year July which, not coincidentally, is the beginning of the third quarter as stated in this article. They're the new pipeline for drugs into this State, and they growing in numbers. Yes, they actively recruiting -- so if you or anyone you know is thinking about joining, your kuleana if you eventually lose your life or your freedom. One of their members (Matt Baum aka "Dirty", a Maui boy) is already two months into an 18-month sentence at the Federal prison by the airport, for bringing in pounds of weed into this state from California (where the weed is super cheap due to over-supply). You see one Angel on the road, run 'em off! Coz his drugs might eventually end up killing someone you love.
on July 3,2014 | 07:57PM
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