Almost 10% of Americans Have Gone to Work High
And about 80% aren't smoking legal weed
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
Almost 10% of people surveyed admitted to being high on pot at work.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're paranoid that your co-workers are coming to work after toking up, you might be smoking yourself—or you might actually be onto something. Almost 10% of American workers have gone to work high, with slightly more than 80% of those users claiming they got their hands on their stash illegally, according to a SurveyMonkey study cited by Mashable. Some 28% of workers had popped prescription drugs before their shifts, though only 7.3% do so for recreational reasons (and 95% of these drugs were legally acquired).

While recreational marijuana use is now legal in Washington and Colorado, a majority of survey participants don't seem that interested in toking up: The study finds that not only are 92% of workers not planning on smoking before work in the future, but an even higher number—94.4%—say they wouldn't consider getting high while on the clock. And it's not just pot: About 97% say they've never gone to work under the influence of any other illegal drugs. (A Washington man was fired—then rehired—after becoming the first person in his state to legally buy and smoke recreational pot.)