"I have surprisingly few work drug stories, apart from drinking four Monster energy drinks a day and having to take sleep aids at night. And when I quit, I got really depressed." -- Michael F., chemist
"I was hooked on [cocaine], and at the time, it was the only way I knew how to get through a night at that bar. I don't think it enhances anybody's performance, but at the time, I sure thought so." -- Moe, bartender
But in some jobs, drug use comes with the territory
"I've smoked marijuana and drank coffee and alcohol at work. Being high or drunk at work is not frowned on in the music industry. Under most circumstances, it's acceptable and occasionally encouraged, as long as you can still perform the job you're expected to do." -- Xander, sound engineer
"As a laborer, I cut grass. Any time I do physical labor, I like to be high... smoking makes it all copacetic. When I tended bar, I was like, fuck it: weed, painkillers, ecstasy. Customers loved me and I had a lot of fun. I made a lot of tips. But I know my drawer had to be fucked up at the end of the night. Then, teaching: I teach high. It chills me out in front of a crowd, eases the anxiety and tension that comes from being on public display. As long as I don't forget my eyedrops. Then I get paranoid. I guess I get a little spacey and forgetful at times, but I play up the absent-minded professor angle. It was never really the drugs I did at work that hindered me, though. It was all the drugs I did outside of work." -- Judah, bartender/laborer/professor
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