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Soldiers Drug Use on the Rise

By Sheba     Oct 28, 2007 in Lifestyle
The statistics are in. The use of drugs among soldiers is rising and is not tolerated because the misuse of drugs is incompatible with life in the Armed Forces according to an Army spokesman.
The Press Association reports that official Ministry of Defense statistics indicate that the use of cocaine among service personnel has tripled since the beginning of the war in Iraq in 2003.
In total, more than 1,500 have tested positive since the start of 2006 in the MoD's random drugs testing programme - 80% of them for class A drugs. In 2006 alone, 769 members of the Army tested positive compared to 518 in 2003 - a 48% increase. Cocaine accounted for more than half the failed tests - 423 - far ahead of cannabis (221) and ecstasy (95).
The Army does not tolerate this type of misuse of drugs as it is incompatible with life in the Armed Forces. Personnel need to be in top shape mentally, emotionally as well as physically and mind/mood altering substances will hinder performance.
"A positive test result or the refusal to provide a specimen will normally lead to soldiers being administratively discharged.
In spite of the apparent increase in drug abuse in the Armed Forces, it appears that the statistics are still relatively low considering the number of individuals that comprise the total number of Army personnel.
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