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ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION UNIT BRIEFING. DRUG FREE – STARTS WITH ME! ALNG DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION SMSgt Dave Peterson. The Adjutant General’s Substance Abuse Policy.
DRUG FREE – STARTS WITH ME!
ALNG DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION
SMSgt Dave Peterson
Substance abuse, alcohol and drugs, is considered serious misconduct and is not compatible with military service.
The Alabama National Guard is firmly committed to eliminating substance abuse by its members.
Random drug testing is an important tool for preventing substance abuse and determining readiness of soldiers and airmen.
Every unit will conduct no less than 4 drug tests per year.
All General Officers, AGR personnel, MPs, Aviation personnel and members that routinely carry a weapon will be mandatorily drug tested once each year.
(CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM STIMULANTS)
COCAINE, CRACK, METH, ICE, EPHEDRINE, RITALIN, ADDERALL
ECSTASY, LSD, MUSHROOMS, TOADS, HERBAL ECSTASY
OPIUM, MORPHINE, HEROIN, VICODIN, METHADONE, OXYCODONE, OXYCONTIN
CANNABIS, MARINOL, HASHISH
BEER, LIQUOR, MOONSHINE
(CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSANTS)
GHB, ROHYPINOL, XANAX, BARBS
AEROSOLS, SOLVENTS, GASES
Testing positive for drugs is a sure way to wreck your military career. Consider the facts presented for the following abused drugs and ask yourself,
“Is it worth jeopardizing my future?”
Short-lived fantasy high,
long lasting real-life nightmare.
What’s the difference?
Cocaine is the powdered form of the drug, usually sniffed up the nose, but sometimes diluted & injected into a vein.
Crack is made from Cocaine. With other ingredients added to make the rock form.
The human liver combines cocaine and alcohol to manufacture a third substance, cocaethylene, which intensifies cocaine's euphoric effects and increases the possibility sudden death.COCAINE’S EFFECTS
CRYSTAL, CRANK, SPEED, ICE – TROUBLE BY WHATEVER NAME
The most popular method by far
accessibility of chemicals
easy to manufacture
Ephedrine or pseudo, red phosphorus, hydriodic acid (iodine crystals), sodium hydroxide, organic solvents (ether, Freon, acetone), and hydrogen chloride gas (sulfuric acid and salt)
Fastest Growing in popularity
Predominately in the Mid-West
Ephedrine or pseudo, anhydrous ammonia, sodium or lithium metal, sodium hydroxide, organic solvents (ether, camping fuel, acetone), and hydrogen chloride gas (sulfuric acid and salt)
Meth may be smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed.
Users may feel euphoric for awhile, but also become worked up and agitated for up to 12 hours.
Sudden and dramatic mood shifts occur.
Users have become violent and dangerous when “tweaking” on meth.
Ruins abusers’ health.
Causes brain, heart, and kidney damage, among other physical effects.
Quickly ruins a heavy user’s appearance.
Lack of sleep and nutrition and the effects of the toxic chemicals in the drug ruin the complexion, and waste away the body.
Check out this website to SEE the effects! www.facesofmeth.us/main.htm
Under the influence of meth, users feel "wired" and edgy.
They are often unpredictable, acting friendly and sociable, and then suddenly lashing out in suspicion and violence.
Many users compulsively repeat meaningless tasks for hours or pick at imaginary bugs on their skin until it bleeds.
Would you choose to be on a dangerous mission with a guy that’s stoned?
Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa. It has a very distinct, strong, sweet odor when burned.
It is the most commonly used illegal drug.
Main active chemical is
THC affects nerve cells in the hippocampus of the brain, which controls learning and memory.
Senses and motivations are also affected by THC in this part
of the brain.
Yes, so is poison ivy –
but you wouldn’t want
to smoke that!
Marijuana’s “natural” smoke contains 3-5 times as much of tobacco’s cancer-causing toxins.
Increased risk of lung or oral cancer.
Weakened immune system.
Damage to the reproductive system and infertility in both sexes (decreased estrogen and sperm count, & menstrual irregularities).
Miscarriage or brain damage to fetuses.
Legal when used as PRESCRIBED and directed by Physicians.
All specimens collected for military drug tests will now be tested for prescription drug abuse.
Unit members need to be drug-free to be most effective in accomplishing our missions.
mental and physical stimulation, euphoria, mood lift, feelings of empathy, openness, increase in sociability, desire to talk with others, pleasurable rushing, sense of being sped up
general change in consciousness (as with most psychoactives), decreased appetite, pupil dilation, unusual body sensations (facial flushing, chills, goosebumps, body energy), change in body temperature regulation, sweating , increase in heart rate and blood pressure
(likelihood of negative side effects increases with higher doses) strong desire to re-dose, craving to recapture initial euphoric rush, uncomfortable changes in body temperature (sweating/chills), heart palpitations, sense of racing heart, impaired short term memory, insomnia, tightened jaw muscles, grinding teeth, muscle twitching, nystagmus dizziness, light headedness, vertigo, a couple of reports include serious vasoconstriction when insufflated: pain and swelling in nose and throat, sinusitis
short duration (when smoked), radical perspective shifting, increase in sensual and aesthetic appreciation
creative dreamlike experience, insight into personal issues
powerful closed- and open-eye visuals, general change in consciousness (as with most psychoactive)
altered perceptions, change in body temperature, flushing
sensation of physical push, pressure, or wind, sensation of entering or perceiving other dimensions, alternate realities
feeling of 'presence' or entity contact, dissociation at high doses, walking or standing
overly-intense experiences, fear, terror and panic, increased perspiration, possible difficulty integrating experiences
higher doses can cause inability to control muscles and maintain balance: falls are reported.
mild to moderate headache, usually starting after effects wear off