Navy 64 Sailors For Drug Use
November 22, 2011 by staff
Navy 64 Sailors For Drug Use, A month after kicking out 64 sailors for using synthetic marijuana, the Navy announced Monday that another 28 are getting the boot for similar infractions. The 28 sailors — all from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan — were caught red-handed, according to a Navy news release.
The dismissal announcement reinforces recent military campaigns to stop troops from smoking fake pot, often called Spice, a catch-all name for a designer drug that mimics the effect of marijuana. The message: Use Spice and face court-martial.
On Oct. 20, the Navy announced that 64 sailors from the San-Diego based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the USS San Francisco and the USS Arco would be separated from the Navy for Spice use and distribution.
The Navy launched a new campaign earlier this month emphasizing the potential harmful side effects and unregulated nature of Spice.
“Spice causes elevated blood pressure, tremor, seizures, vomiting, abdominal pain and more,” according to Navy Medicine’s website.
The Marine Corps is encouraging tipsters to report suspected Spice use to command officials, while the Air Force airs warnings about the legal repercussions for those caught with synthetic marijuana.
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