Fatigue and beyond : patterns of, and motivations for illicit drug use among long haul truck drivers

Richards, Naomi (2005) Fatigue and beyond : patterns of, and motivations for illicit drug use among long haul truck drivers. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Long distance truck drivers are considered a special interest group in terms of drug-----

driving research and policy due to high rates of use, involvement of drugs in truck accidents and the link between drug use and work related fatigue. Qualitative interview data was collected from 35 long haul truck drivers in South East Queensland and analysed using NVivo 2.0. High rates of licit and illicit drug use (particularly amphetamines) were reported. However, unlike previous studies which focus on fatigue, this research found overlapping and changing motivations for drug use during individual lifetimes. Using Becker's model of a drug use 'career' it was revealed that some drivers begin illicit drug use before they begin truck driving. As well as fatigue, powerful

motives such as peer pressure, wanting to fit the trucking 'image', socialisation, relaxation and addiction were reported. These may need to be considered along side fatigue in the development of effective drug prevention or cessation policies for truck drivers.

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ID Code: 16018
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Davey, Jeremy
Keywords: Drug use, Drug use career, Illicit drug use, Road safety, Truck drivers
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Naomi Richards
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:42

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