A wave of drug abuse has rocked Wall Street hard - and it’s pushing record numbers of strung-out bankers, traders and other hotshot financial workers to seek treatment.
Where once cocaine was the drug of choice for money managers, financial-service employees are now behind the surge in opioid painkiller use such as: Vicodin-, Oxycontin- and Percocet-linked visits to New York City emergency departments, a recent city health report says.
As a result of that report, Mayor Bloomberg announced new emergency-room guidelines to prevent opioid prescription painkiller abuse.
'Prescription painkillers can provide life-changing relief for people in dire health situations, but they can be extremely dangerous if used or prescribed improperly', the Mayor said.
In a groundbreaking study by University of Pennsylvania professor Alexandra Michel takes a chilling look at the dark side of life for a modern financier: Six out of 10 investment bankers suffered serious stress - emotional and physical problems abound - with many abusing prescription drugs.
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