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February 3, 2011
AN INVESTIGATION of allegations
of importation and use of drugs at a
Navy base is underway.
The Australian Defence Force
Investigative Service (ADFIS) and
civilian police have already exposed
the use of steroids as part of the inves-
As a result, Chief of Navy VADM
Russ Crane has written to the Navy
family on the RAN's Facebook page
saying that, while he couldn't com-
ment on the investigation, he felt it
was important to make some general
"The use and trafficking of drugs
can have devastating consequences
both for the individual concerned and
for those around them," CN said.
"They end relationships, careers
and eventually they end lives.
"You all know well that Navy has a
zero tolerance for drug use.
"Members of all ranks are educat-
ed and counselled regularly about the
dangers of illegal substances."
CN said Navy tested a minimum
of 25 per cent of members every year
and that since the testing began in the
2009/10 financial year there has been a
significant reduction in the number of
Navy also now tests 100 per cent of
"There have been a number of
Drug users will be held
accountable, says CN
operations where sniffer dogs have
been called upon and they are just one
of several methods Customs use," CN
"Navy works proactively with law
enforcement authorities in all states as
well as Customs on a regular basis.
"It is firmly in Navy's interest to
ensure that our ships are not being
used to carry illegal contraband.
"This is something we take very
seriously. I encourage any Navy mem-
ber who has an allegation to make
involving drug trafficking or their use
to contact ADFIS immediately.
"To have information of this
kind and to ignore it runs contrary
to Navy's values of honour, honesty,
courage, integrity and loyalty.
"I know 99 per cent of you under-
stand and are absolutely committed
to those values and I am proud of
your commitment and service to our
VADM Crane closed with the
words, "Those who chose to flaunt
these values for personal gain, howev-
er, will be dealt with and held account-
able for their actions in both civil and
-- STEROIDS --
THE use of anabolic
steroids is not only
dangerous to your
health, but threatens
your career and financial
There are risks associated
with both the injectable and
tablet forms of the drug.
It can be very dangerous
to combine steroid use with
some other drugs, such as
insulin, human growth hor-
mone or amphetamines.
Unsafe use of injecting
equipment also carries with
it the risk of infection with
blood-borne viruses, such as
The use of anabolic ster-
oids can result in:
permanent liver damage
or the development of liver
abnormal heart rhythms;
high blood pressure;
elevated cholesterol levels;
Men can also:
develop breast tissue;
become aggressive; and
develop a permanent deep
grow facial hair;
develop an enlarged clito-
experience problems with
their menstrual cycle.
According to Commander
Joint Health Command
MAJGEN Paul Alexander, the
length of time steroids remain
in a person's body ensures
people taking steroids will
return a positive urine test
weeks after they have taken
"Misuse of steroids by
members of the ADF will usu-
ally lead to disciplinary and/
or administrative action to ter-
minate the member's appoint-
ment or initiation of discharge
Accurate and up-to-date information
on steroids can be obtained from the
following websites: The Australian
Drug Foundation (www.adf.org.au),
Australian Drug Information Network
(www.adin.com.au) and National
Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
(www.nmed.unsw.edu.au) or at the
Joint Health Command site on the
has warned personnel
against drug use.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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