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Substance Misuse

Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, likely due to the military’s zero tolerance policy. However, excessive alcohol use and prescription drug misuse are high. Military personnel often use alcohol to cope with stress, boredom, loneliness, and the lack of other recreational activities.

In efforts to stay fit and meet readiness standards, Service members may use supplements to improve workout performance or lose weight. Unfortunately, some over-the-counter supplements include substances that are on DoD’s prohibited list and consuming them can result in a positive drug screen and disciplinary action.

Explore the links below to learn more about policies to help prevent substance misuse and resources to help service members and their families.

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