Synthetic Drug Testing Operating Guide Available

Story Number: NNS120406-15Release Date: 4/6/2012 8:12:00 AM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP) posted the new Synthetic Drug Testing Operating Guide on the NADAP website, officials said April 5.

The Navy's zero-tolerance policy towards drug use is a key contributor to the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine. This initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.

"The operating guide provides commands easy access to the procedures of synthetic drug testing," said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP. "It is important that the samples are collected, documented and processed correctly. The operating guide will help units do that."

Navy announced it would begin testing for synthetic drugs in NAVADMIN 082/12, released March 12. According to the NAVADMIN, this testing is separate and distinct from the urinalysis program directed by OPNAVINST 5350.4D. Commanders may take appropriate actions related to health, safety, and security based on a positive result. During fiscal year 2012 the Navy will invest $1.73 million to test for synthetic chemical compounds and expects to increase that amount to $2.9 million in fiscal year 2013.

Synthetic chemical compound drug use impacts a Sailor's career, their family life and overall well-being while also impacting Fleet readiness. If a Sailor makes a poor choice and uses these types of drugs, they need to know there will be consequences, emphasized Favorite.

"Navy has zero tolerance for drug use, including the use of designer and synthetic chemical compounds, such as Spice," said Favorite, "Our efforts are twofold: we will continue to educate Sailors on the dangers of drug use including new and designer drugs and at the same time identify those who use or possess the substances and hold them accountable."

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The graphic logo to illustrate the 21st Century and Marine initiative.
120307-N-EV701-002 WASHINGTON (March 7, 2012) The graphic logo to illustrate the 21st Century and Marine initiative. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Graham)
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