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August 5, 2010
How will you test?
If you return a positive result for a
prohibited substance, you would be
right to fear the consequences.
You may lose your job;
You may lose your pay;
You may lose Defence
You may lose your
You may have to tell
your grandparents, par-
ents, partner and kids
and watch your family's
pride in you turn to dis-
You may lose your
If you or a mate need
help regarding drug use,
you should talk to your
medical officer, psycholo-
gist, ADPA or chain of
By Hugh McKenzie
DURING 2009 and 2010
Defence has increased its
rate of prohibited sub-
stance testing from 10 to
25 per cent.
The Prohibited Substance Testing
Program is an administrative pro-
gram under the Defence Act aimed
at deterring the use of prohibited
substances in the ADF.
Defence takes a positive prohib-
ited substance test very seriously.
Everyone who tests positive will be
asked why they should be allowed to
remain in the ADF.
And, if people want to keep
using a prohibited substance, they
can expect to lose their jobs. That's
what Defence's policy on the use of
prohibited substances and the term
'zero tolerance' really means.
LCDR Dee Williams, from
Navy's Alcohol and Other Drugs
Program, said sailors who tested
positive but got to keep their jobs
would receive a formal warning or
reduction in rank, or both.
Navy, who introduced the testing
increase in June 2009, has noticed
that, despite the increased testing,
the number of positive tests has
remained about the same.
"If you look at the 2007
Australian household drug survey,
about 13 per cent of people over the
age of 14 declared illicit drug use,"
LCDR Williams said.
"Defence, in that same period,
was less than two per cent -- still
well below the national average and
that's for a variety of reasons.
"People willing to join the ADF
are more likely to align with our
values. Also, across the Services we
have rigorous induction training and
annual awareness training."
For more information about prohib-
ited substances visit www.intranet.
the RAN Alcohol and Other Drugs
Program at intranet.defence.gov.au/
DON'T BORROW: If you take someone else's medicine your sample
could be positive.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
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