Wall Street Substance Abuse Soars

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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.

The New York Post reports that the Street’s raging drug-dependency explosion may be out of control, medical experts say, as the once-Masters of the Universe struggle with reduced pay and staff.

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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