According to a DAK study, doping at the workplace is increasing significantly

More and more employees are doping in the workplace
More and more people feel that they no longer live up to the daily demands of working life. Stress, overwork and pressure are the consequences. According to a study, about 223,000 employees regularly dope with drugs in NRW alone. In Hesse, there are over 56,000 people.

According to the DAK health around "three million employees take performance-enhancing or mood-enhancing drugs." According to the DAK Health Report 2015, doping in the job has risen dramatically in the past six years, with "mostly simple-work or unsafe jobsthe risk groups for drug abuse ".According to the DAK, 56,000 employees regularly use prescription drugs in Hesse alone in order to be more efficient at work or reduce stress. For Michael Hübner, head of the DAK Health Hesse, the numbers are an "alarm signal".

In view of the high demands in the world of work, many working people regularly reach the limits of their performance, whereby in our modern service society less the physical

, but rather the mental performance is crucial, reports the head of the DAK."Capturing new things quickly, working in a highly concentrated manner, expressing positive feelings towards strangers - many people would like a miracle cure to make the job easier to handle," Hübner continues. The so-called brain doping with the help of prescription medicines is correspondingly widespread. Its addictive dangers and side effects, however, are not to be underestimated according to the experts.

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doping experience Overall, the study found absences from289,300 gainfully employed DAK members in Hesse were evaluated by the IGES Institute. In addition, the drug data of the health insurance fund was analyzed and nationwide more than 5,000 employees aged 20 to 50 years were interviewed, reports the DAK.The analysis has shown that 6.9 percent of the working population in Hesse and the neighboring states have already doped once. In addition, there is a considerable number of unreported cases, so that in fact even up to 12.3 percent of employees could have already used brain doping. That would mean extrapolated for Hesse that up to 408,000 people have ever taken performance-enhancing or mood-enhancing drugs. According to the DAK, around 56,000 workers in Hesse regularly use brain doping."Although doping in the job is not yet a mass phenomenon, these results are an alarm signal," warns Michael Hübner.

Performance pressure and stress as a cause for brain doping
According to Hübner, "brain doping has now reached the average consumer" and "the cliché of doping top managers is off the table." Contrary to popular belief, it is not primarily executives or creative people who try, to push with drugs to peak performance, reports the DAK.Instead, especially workers with simple jobs are at risk. Even employees with an insecure workplace would have an increased risk of doping. Trigger for the grip on the pill are usually high performance pressure and stress and congestion. Men would rather resort to performance-enhancing means, women more often take mood-enhancing drugs, according to the statement of the health insurance.

Significant increase in mental illness
The DAK study also outlines the development of mental illness absences. These have increased in the past year by twelve percent and mental illness were the second leading cause of absenteeism, according to the DAK.Since 2000, the DAK report has seen an increase in mental illness by 112 percent. Overall, the sick leave in Hessen in 2014 at 4.1 percent was slightly above the national average of 3.9 percent. An employee was absent in Hesse an average of 15 days on the job. Just under a quarter of those lost days( 23 percent) were due to diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as back pain, reports the DAK.The mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety ranked second with 15.7 percent of the failures."The sectors with the highest sick leave in 2014 were the health sector with 4.7 percent and the public sector with 4.5 percent," according to the statement of the health insurance. The lowest sickness rate was reported by banks and insurance companies at 3.2 percent.(fp)

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