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How do you know if your coworker could possibly be on drugs

lately she is very confused about simple tasks that she’s been doing for over two years. She is showing an awful lot of confusion in conversations, and just not following along with directions. This is definitely something new that’s come on in the past couple of I months.

I’m asking you guys because I have never met anyone who does drugs so I don’t really know what to look for
There could be a number of medical issues. If she isn’t your direct report, let her person know in a kind way. We never know the battles others are fighting.
Mardrae · F
Some medications, vitamin deficiencies, and health conditions cause stuff like that.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
How old is she?
Ontheroad · M
This could be from stress or other problems in their personal life including a change in or new medications, minor head trauma or injury (a head injury from a fall or accident), emotional disorders. stress, anxiety or depression, alcohol or drugs,
Vitamin B-12 deficiency, brain diseases, a tumor or infection in the brain, sleep Apnea, and a lot of other things not obvious to the passerby/coworker.

Really, the best thing would be to talk to her in private... you know, pick the moment kind of thing.
pentacorn · F
you don't know, unless they want you to know. is this individual older?
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@pentacorn so people can hide drug problems?
pentacorn · F
@Jenny1234 just tell her you noticed changes and are concerned. wait for a quiet moment alone
pentacorn · F
[quote]so people can hide drug problems?[/quote]

2ndtimeguy · 61-69, M
How old is your co worker if over 40 could be signs of dementia also sometimes brain tumors cause this if they havent been to a doctor.
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
Nanoose · 61-69, M
You could try the old “the lady doth protest too much, methinks” drug test. In a humorous sort of way say something like – How could you not follow those simple instructions – are you on drugs? If the person says no and then starts given you 1001 reasons to try and prove their not on drugs - then maybe they are on drugs. You could also say something like – what do you think of the new random drug test policy – if the person gets a terrified look on their face – they might be on drugs. Cheers!
TheOthetAcc · 36-40, M
Is she getting enough rest? Are things ok at home?
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@TheOthetAcc she spends many days sleeping at her desk, so no, she’s probably not getting enough rest. She lives on her own, but her parents live nearby and they drive her crazy.
TheOthetAcc · 36-40, M
@Jenny1234 Yeah I was just thinking perhaps some recent changes in her life might have something to do with it. I hope she has someone to talk to about whatever is going on in her life .
It could be a new medication or health issue. I was that way the first few weeks of starting Prozac.
PinkMoon · 26-30, F
Sounds medical. Reminds me of my grandmother when her dementia started progressing.
Sroonaka616 · 31-35, M
Some just outright tell me.
MrsMONAKanful · 36-40, F
Doesn’t your work place have drug testing, if so why do you care , if she’s showing up doing her work, and they haven’t tested her it’s none of your business
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@MrsMONAKanful we don’t have that. It kind of affects my job if she can’t do hers. No need to be rude
Nick1 · 61-69, M
It seems she has some medical problems or may be side effects of some medication. Or early sign of dementia.
Liver problem can affect that way too.
Drug problem has other signs too.
Maybe she doesn't want to talk.
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@Spoiledbrat no she is struggling to recall how to do simple tasks she’s been doing for 2.5 years and is coming to me to ask how to do them. When I explain it, I have to tell her 2-3 times. But they are things she knows how to do. Something is wrong. I don’t know what
DDonde · 31-35, M
Intense stress will also do that.
iamonfire696 · 41-45, F
She could have a medical issues. You could just ask her if she’s okay, you have noticed some changes and you were wondering if she needed help?
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@iamonfire696 I’m actually afraid to really have conversations with her. She has severe mood swings and she has a really bad attitude and is you don’t know one minute to the next she’s going to be just asking a simple question. I don’t think I want to ask her.
iamonfire696 · 41-45, F
@Jenny1234 then I would just leave it alone then.
Renaci · 36-40
More likely they aren't on anything and that's the problem.
Casually approach the coworker during a lunch break or other break and say something subtle, like, "Boy, some drugs would sure hit the spot. I sure wish I knew someone who could get some." See what your coworker says.
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@LordShadowfire omg no lmao

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