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About Drug Abuse

Learn about commonly abused drugs, how specific drugs impact performance, and service specific information.

Synthetic Drugs of Abuse
“Designer drugs” are laboratory-made substances marketed and sold as alternatives to illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and amphetamines. Although most are advertised as “all-natural,” they may have serious health effects, and most violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). HPRC takes a look at two examples of synthetic drugs (spice and bath salts), their legal status, and how they can affect service members in “HPRC’s Answer: Synthetic Drugs of Abuse.”
Drugs of Abuse
General information and statistics on drug abuse, including specifics about commonly abused drugs, are available from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
SAMHSA Publications Ordering: Substances
Download documents for free to access information on a comprehensive list of performance degraders—including drug abuse—sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
This searchable directory of drug abuse treatment programs shows the locations of facilities around the country that treat drug abuse problems, including programs for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin addiction. The Locator includes more than 11,000 addiction treatment programs and identifies those that take TRICARE insurance.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) website has information on drug policy, fact sheets on drug use trends in the United States, information on active-duty military personnel, and veteran resources for drug abuse.
Drug Abuse (Navy & Marine Corps)
The NMCPHC includes resources on drug abuse prevention for Navy and Marine Corps personnel, as well as a brochure, fact sheet, and contact information.
Stimulant Drugs – Use and Misuse
Prescription stimulants are controlled substances with potentially serious side effects—and they can be addictive. But some Warfighters and athletes still misuse them. Learn about the real risks and valid uses.
Drug Facts: Stimulant ADHD Medications - Methylphenidate and Amphetamines
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains why prescription stimulants are used, what their effects are, and their health risks.
Prescription Drugs - Abuse and Addition [PDF]
The Veterans Health Administration has a Research Report on commonly abused prescription drugs, including stimulants (page 3). The report explains how stimulants and other prescription drugs affect the body, including the risks of misuse.
Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP)
This resource discusses the military's policies on stimulant use
Army Substance Abuse Program: Army Policy
ASAP provides links to the Army’s various drug policies regarding urinalyses, types of drugs tested for, and punishments for violating drug policies.
Navy BUMED Notice 6410
A recent Navy policy directed at Navy flight surgeons suggests the use of modafinil (Provigil®) instead of dextro-amphetamine (Adderall®). An earlier but still in-effect guide for flight surgeons from 2000—NAVMED P-6410—discusses the use of stimulants for long flight missions.
Drug Demand Reduction Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) was mandated in 1981 with the mission to deter DoD personnel from abusing illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs.