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Air Force To Expand Testing for Synthetic Marijuana

WOW.

Can you believe that Synthetic Marijuana use accounted for ONE THIRD of all drug-related court-martials in the US Air Force!  That is a HUGE amount.

It is really sad what a great toll this poison is taking on our armed forces–it is costing careers, lives, and families.

We applaud the USAF for taking synthetic drugs so seriously, and we hope that these young warriors are getting the help that they need.

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Air Force Expands Tests For Synthetic Pot

By Tom Shoop

If you’re in the Air Force, and you ‘re into “Spice,” the synthetic substance that is said to mimic the effects of marijuana, you might want to rethink your usage. The service is expanding its efforts to  test whether airmen partake of the illicit chemical, according to Air Force Public Affairs.

Spice is both a generic label and a brand name for a substance that is similar in chemical makeup and function to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The Air Force expressly prohibits its use, along with other designer synthetic drugs — and, indeed, all intoxicating substances other than tobacco and alcohol.

“While the Spice chemicals may mimic the effects of marijuana and have been termed a ‘legal’ high, a number of these chemicals have been banned by countries around the world, by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and by at least 40 states here in the U.S.,” said Maj. Seth Deam, special counsel in the Air Force’s Office of the Judge Advocate General.

The Air Force is conducting urinalysis tests of airmen for Spice through a civilian laboratory and plans to field an internal testing operation by the middle of this month. The service had 108 Spice-related courts-martial cases last year — nearly a third of all of its drug-related courts-martials.

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Navy Announces New Policies: Tests for Alcohol, Drugs, Synthetics

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Today’s military is not like yesterday’s military.

In the past, Sailors and Marines might have had days or weeks of notice before being posted to a battle in a conventional war.

Today, a navy ship can be attacked by high-speed suicide boats, Marine’s may be called upon in a moment’s notice to respond to a terrorist attack, and an aircraft carrier might suddenly find themselves the target of pirates.

Our military has to be ready to go 24/7, and in response to that need for constant readiness, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told some 700 sailors and Marines gathered on the hangar deck of the amphibious assault ship that the navy will start testing for Alcohol, Drugs, and Synthetics.

Of course, synthetics are very difficult to test for–but the US Military is confident they can find a way to do it.

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Wellness initiative to test for alcohol, drugs

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 5, 2012 18:46:31 EST

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — The Navy and Marine Corps today introduced a wide-ranging wellness initiative with programs ranging from duty section Breathalyzer tests for alcohol use and reliable synthetic marijuana testing to enhanced anti-sexual assault training, greater emphasis on fitness and nutrition, increased on-base prices of tobacco products and the ability to temporarily leave the service, without penalty, to raise children. Continue reading

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