Alerts

RegenESlim Appetite Control Capsules voluntarily recalled due to the presence of DMAA.

FDA warns consumers about caffeine powder. 

FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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Announcements

New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

DMAA list updated for April 2014

Fueling Performance Photo Campaign
Share photos of how you fuel your performance and be featured on our Facebook page!

Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

Operation LiveWell

Performance Triad

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HPRC's human performance optimization (HPO) website is for U.S. Warfighters, their families, and those in the field of HPO who support them. The goal is Total Force Fitness: Warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.

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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.”
Caffeine chewing gum
Research has demonstrated that caffeine gum can be used to quickly and temporarily to boost physical and mental performance when a Warfighter is short on sleep. Learn more about caffeine chewing gum, its effects on performance, and some words of caution in “HPRC’s Answer: Caffeine Chewing Gum.”
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.
Army Substance Abuse Program
The ASAP website provides education and abuse-prevention training as well as information on how to get help with drug problems, with training materials about several drugs of abuse (including lesson plans and PowerPoint slides).
Substance Abuse Program (Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs has a website for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. It also includes links to point of contacts for MC Substance Abuse programs.
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.
Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
The Navy Personnel Command website describes the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention program (NADAP; OPNAV 170A) and provides information on drug abuse.
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.