Middle-class staff should be tested for cocaine, Met chief suggests
PUBLISHED May 17, 2012
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said affluent workers were fuelling the £1 billion market in the Class A narcotic.
He said many of these people worked in professions where drug use could put other people's lives at risk and in such cases employers should consider introducing regular drug testing as a condition of employment.
Mr Hogan-Howe said anyone testing positive for drug use could then be offered the opportunity to change their lifestyle or get the sack.
He said this would have a major impact on the booming use of cocaine among the middle classes in Britain.
In a speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Mr Hogan-Howe said employers would have little idea how many drug users were among their workers.