Drugs a Problem at Printing Plants?
Personally, I've always hated the song. But Mike's faithful flock ate it up. These were his people, for better or worse.
Booze was one of Mike's more desirable habits. At the dark end of the spectrum sat crack cocaine. Three years ago, the substance increased his heart rate to 290 beats per minute and he suffered a heart attack. A year later, another smoke sent Mike gasping to the living room floor, clutching his chest.
Some people opt for the snooze alarm when they get a wakeup call. As you may have guessed, strike three left Mike lifeless. Fittingly enough, he was chatting with the counter guy at a music store January 21st, perhaps buying strings, picks or whatever it was he could afford. The counter guy turned away for a second, and when he looked back, Mike was prone and unresponsive. At age 53, he had played his final note. He was thought to be clean at the time, so it may have been the lifetime of abuse that spelled the end.
Sadly, I never knew my brother was addicted to crack. He'd spent much of his life away from the rest of the family, popping in and out of our lives periodically. Knowing, would I have said something? Maybe not. Is a 50-something rocker not aware of the dangers that accompany substance abuse? Was it any of my business anyway, seeing as we were little more than strangers with a common past?
We all make choices in life and ultimately must reconcile ourselves to the consequences of them. Ticking timebombs, while we hope they never go off, always do. And if you never try to diffuse the situation. . .you get what you get.
Putting an end to the madness should not be difficult for printers. Fire addicts and dealers, immediately, and/or threaten to press charges unless they seek rehabilitation. You'll do them a favor and protect your interests from legal and liability standpoints, sans the conflict that accompanies dealing with a loved one. This is no less of a business decision than layoffs, consolidations or restructuring plans. The health of your company depends on it, in more ways than one.