Employment Drug Testing – Too Hot for Hell’s Kitchen Winner
It is often said, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Season 11 of the scalding hot cooking show, Hell’s Kitchen, pitted twenty eager chefs to show their best to Chef Gordon Ramsey. Coming out as the cream of the crop, winner Ja’Nel Witt received the rare opportunity to take the position of head chef for Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. However, her recipe for success was brought to a screeching halt by employment drug testing. Reality TV World indicates that Witt failed her required employment screening, reportedly by testing positive for cocaine. While she has not admitted her failed drug test publicly, she has stated she will not be taking the head chef position.
This alleged failed drug test leads one to wonder if her winning edge was sharpened by the stimulating effect of the cocaine. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant made from the coca plant, which is native to South America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse it is a stimulant that strongly affects the central nervous system. It affects the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain which regulates pleasure and movement. When we experience pleasure, such as the smell of good food, or a happy surprise, the brain releases dopamine causing a feeling of pleasure. Then the dopamine is recycled back into the brain. However, with cocaine use, the dopamine is not reabsorbed. Instead, more is produced, creating a high level of dopamine in the system – or the “high” feeling that cocaine causes.
Unfortunately, along with that intense feeling comes high health risks. Using cocaine causes the constriction of blood vessels, dilation of the pupils, as well as an increase in body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can cause headaches, stomach problems, pain, and nausea. Long term use can experience enough stomach problems to become malnourished. The most dangerous risk from cocaine would be heart attack and stroke. Cocaine can stop the heart and breathing.
Cocaine is often found it the white powder form, which is most often snorted or injected by mixing with water. However, the white powder form is no longer the most common form. Crack cocaine is the same chemical, however, it has not been neutralized by an acid yet. It comes in the form of small rocks that are heated and smoked. This freebase form of cocaine is said to have a stronger affect, and be more addictive. Both forms of the coca plant are illegal for sale and use in the United States. Virtually all employment drug tests screen for this drug, and employers can deny or terminate employment based on a positive reslt. Health Street offers many options for testing for cocaine usage.