RIDLEY PARK, Penn (Reuters) - Federal agents arrested dozens of current and former Boeing workers on Thursday on charges of illegally dealing in painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs at a plant that makes military aircraft models used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Boeing employs more than 6,000 people at the Ridley Park plant, where the V-22 Osprey vertical take-off aircraft and H-47 Chinook helicopters are produced. The Osprey and Chinook are standard U.S. military aircraft used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The article says that the investigation behind this originally started in 2006. It took them FIVE YEARS to finally make arrests? Wow.
I'm sure that everyone here has their own opinions and beliefs about drug use. I personally don't even like to take ibuprofen. But here we are talking about prescription pills being sold in a factory that makes AIRCRAFT... MILITARY HELICOPTERS! This begs the question - could this have any affect on the quality of the products being manufactured at this plant? I am not personally comfortable with people going to work potentially "numbed out" who manufacture machines that need as much precision, accuracy and attention to detail as a helicopter. If this kind of activity in any way trickles down to any safety risk to those flying these aircraft...
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3750 times:
Seems like Boeing was doing everything they could, extra monitoring of production of the CH-47s and CV-22s, as well as contucting its own internal investigations and turning anything they found over to the federal authorities. It appears some of the union management knew this was going on, including the former president of the union local being one of those charged.
trex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4589 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
Lots of people are "numbed" from prescription medicines, you just need to have a legitimate prescription from a licensed doctor to be allowed to work while taking the medicine even in jobs where people get drug tested regularly. I know lots of first responders who are on narcotic pain meds. Hopefully they are taking them as prescribed and not excessively but there is no real way for anyone to check that. If you are using mind altering drugs for recreational use that can become a big problem but so can alcohol! Selling them illegally is a whole different ball game.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12267 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3491 times:
I was reading in a book that during WWII Boeing had an assembly plant that tunnels under it, and that some of the "Rosie the Riveters" used them as a convenient place to provide sexual services for cash!