Substance Abuse among Police Officers Term Paper by Nicky

Substance Abuse among Police Officers
An overview of drug use in the public safety forces.
# 147710 | 1,505 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2011 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper discusses drug addiction in police officers and firefighters. It outlines the reasons for these groups of people to become dependent as well as some of the consequences if not treated effectively. The paper also suggests ways of preventing this group of people from becoming drug addicts.

Increased Vulnerability to Substance Abuse? Why?
What Substance Abuse can lead to
How and Why They Should Seek Help
Intervention Strategies and Early Intervention
Prevention Strategies

From the Paper:

''The reasons for these problems are many, complex, and varied. Unique occupational stresses: shift work, sleep deprivation, critical incident exposure, cumulative and organizational stress, and leadership issues all play a part. Lack of proper diet and exercise coupled with the many stresses of the job is a disastrous recipe often ending in premature death, or a life which, at best, may be categorized as "non-wellness."
''Family issues also play a major role in the overall health and wellbeing of a law enforcement officer. The attitude, health and emotional stability of the law enforcement officer affects the harmony, or lack of harmony, in an officer's home. Children, spouses and significant others are all victims of crippling job stress (Law enforcement wellness association, n.d.)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jared. (2008, October 28). Substance abuse among public safety officers. Retrieved April 4, 2009, from
  • Law enforcement wellness association. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2009, from
  • National Crime Prevention Council. (n.d.). Workplace substance abuse. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from Philadelphia police department:
  • Page, D. (2005, September). Drug screening of police: on the high road. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from$26232
  • Violanti, J. (n.d.). Choir Practice: Alcohol abuse in policing:. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from Central Florida: Police stress unit:

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"Substance Abuse among Police Officers" 17 June 2011. Web. 29 September. 2023. <>