Question of the Day – Wednesday April 18, 2018

Question- The effects of marijuana use on workplace safety are of concern. Employers and safety professionals in states where marijuana use is legal have expressed concerns about potential increases in occupational injuries, such as on-the-job motor vehicle crashes, related to employee impairment. Which occupation has the highest reported prevalence of marijuana use?

Answer- The cited reference notes “Data published in 2017 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) showed that more than one in eight adult state residents aged ≥18 years currently used marijuana in 2014 (13.6%) and 2015 (13.4%).” This study also reports “Colorado workers reported current marijuana use, with the highest reported prevalence among workers in the Accommodation and Food Services industry (30.1%) and Food Preparation and Serving (32.2%) occupations. Understanding the industries and occupations of adults with reported marijuana use can help direct and maximize impact of public health messaging and potential safety interventions for adults.” (Smith R et al. Current marijuana use by industry and occupation-Colorado, 2014-2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67;409-413. DOI: http//dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6714a1)