By Wm. Cullen James, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
With the emerging popularity of designer drugs, Navy underscores its zero tolerance drug abuse policy by establishing new guidelines in NAVADMIN 108/10, released March 25.
The NAVADMIN's bottom line is Navy's drug abuse policy is unwavering and states any member who is found to be unlawfully using, possessing, promoting, manufacturing or distributing drugs or drug abuse paraphernalia will be disciplined and administratively separated.
"Navy's drug abuse policy isn't new, and such policies are vital to the success of our Sailors and the Navy," said Master Chief Scott Benning, Fleet Master Chief of Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education. "Our Sailors are entrusted with the highest levels of responsibility even at the most junior levels and we need them to be ready for action, able to make good decisions and thinking clearly 24 hours a day."
Nationally, designer drugs which are created in the likeness of known narcotics such as heroin and cocaine but have not acquired the same negative reputation or scrutiny, are gaining more attention. The Navy message informs Sailors of the dangers associated with such substances with a strong reminder that the service's drug abuse policy not only applies to illicit drugs but to any substance that can be used with the intention to induce intoxication, excitement or stupefaction of the central nervous system.
During fiscal year (FY) 2009, the Navy separated more than 1,300 Sailors for drug abuse and more than 300 Sailors have been separated since the beginning of FY 2010.
"We never want to lose a Sailor because of a destructive decision, which is why Navy not only provides policy, we provide options," said Benning. "Our newest initiative, which is intended to expand Navy-wide, is the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, a peer-mentoring program which promotes good decision making processes and enables leadership development at the most junior levels."
For more information, visit www.npc.navy.mil to view the message or reference SECNAVINST 5300.28D or OPNAVINST 5350.4D.
For more information on the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, visit them on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/ygm8zpy.