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How To Fight A Positive Drug Test In The Military

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How To Fight A Positive Drug Test In The Military

How To Fight A Positive Drug Test In The Military

A positive test result will likely result in significant administrative or disciplinary action against a military member, to include court-martial. Essentially all branches of the military have adopted a “Zero Tolerance” approach to drug use.

A positive test result for drugs at any time during an enlistment period can be disastrous for you as it is with civilian life. With that said, there are some circumstances under which getting caught using may not be so bad if you know what steps to take to fight your case and minimize potential punishment. Below is information on how to handle a positive drug test in the US Armed Forces.
First, let’s look at the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. Depending upon whether the offense was committed while off base or while on active duty, the penalties could range from being kicked out of basic training to losing pay and/or serving jail time. It also depends on where you were caught and who witnessed it. For example, if you are stopped by police after smoking weed in public then you probably won’t face much trouble. On the other hand, if you are caught with marijuana in your hotel room when on leave then this could very well get you thrown into the brig. So, avoid bringing marijuana onto base unless absolutely necessary. If you must smoke while on base then do so discreetly and don’t leave anything incriminating behind (like butts).
Next, let’s talk about cocaine. Being caught using coke could mean losing pay, being sent home early from school, going before a board of officers and receiving additional counseling, or even going through Basic Officer Leader Course (BOC) aka boot camp. This is because cocaine has been used by soldiers throughout history and is still popular today. Just like with marijuana, I would recommend avoiding doing cocaine on base unless you need to do something for work or for fun. And again, never bring it back to base without taking care to hide evidence.
Heroin is another big problem within the armed forces especially among enlisted personnel. Many heroin users claim they only use the substance privately away from others. However, once in their rooms or cars, they often find needles, syringes, spoons, bags, etc. Heroin is illegal everywhere in most states and should be avoided completely. Even though it’s harder than cocaine, it’s possible to become addicted to opioids such as methadone or buprenorphine. These medications can help manage withdrawal symptoms, but they shouldn’t ever replace proper treatment options.
Lastly, steroids are used by many athletes and body builders to build muscle mass quickly. They are also known as performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and are also banned by the military. Steroids are typically injected, snorted, smoked, or taken orally. While these drugs provide short term results, long term health risks outweigh the benefits.
Now that we’ve covered the major ones, let’s cover the rest. Amphetamines and methamphetamine (speed) are both stimulants that affect the central nervous system. Methamphetamine particularly affects the brain and increases heart rate and blood pressure. Users tend to experience increased energy levels, feelings of euphoria and focus, hallucinations, insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, and agitation. Most people who abuse amphetamines report feeling more alert and focused while on speed. Amphetamines have been detected throughout the world including the United States, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and China. Some countries require mandatory urine screening so make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations and immunizations.
Alcohol is commonly found in alcoholic beverages. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to vomiting, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, slurred speech, blacking out, memory problems, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, seizures, confusion, liver disease, kidney damage, breathing problems, hangovers, blackout drunkness, and death. There are multiple ways to abuse alcohol; drinking, eating, inhaling, injecting, and otherwise ingesting the substance. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine how much someone drinks based on smell alone. Also, there are many forms of alcohol consumption. For instance, one person may drink champagne while another may down beer. Lastly, alcohol dehydrates you making it harder to maintain good hydration. Avoid consuming alcohol altogether or limit yourself to no more than 1 drink per day.
Methanol is a toxic chemical compound formed naturally in certain plants, such as wood pulp. It can cause blindness, skin rashes, chest pain, difficulty breathing, coma, and death. Methanol can be absorbed through the skin, lungs, nose, stomach, or intestines. It can also be ingested by inhaling, swallowing, or licking. Never put methanol on fire and always wear gloves when handling it. Always keep methanol out of reach of children and pets.
If you think you might have a problem with either drugs or alcohol, please seek professional medical advice immediately.

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