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Undercover Investigation Looks at Synthetic Drugs in US Military

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

soldier at tomb of unknown soldierAn undercover investigation exposes synthetic drug use in the United States military. National Geographic sent an investigative journalist undercover with two Marines–one former, one on active duty–to purchase synthetic drugs like “bath salts” and “spice.”

Jordan was kicked out of the military for disciplinary reasons, and calculates that 50 to 70 percent of military members have tried or do bath salts. The other Marine, who is still on active duty, describes the feeling of bath salts: “You get this awesome, you know, just power, you know, feel inside of you. Just makes you feel like you could do whatever you want, just feels good.” The military has banned use of spice but the synthetic drugs are attractive to service members because they don’t show up on standard drug tests.

Jordan says that getting addiction treatment is not an option in the military: “Just by me telling them that I have a problem, I’m admitting to using drugs. The current ‘zero tolerance’ policy for the Marine Corps is that no drugs are tolerated.”

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Source: ABC News – <a href= http://abcnews.go.com/US/bath-salts-spice-us-military-service-members-abusing/story?id=19621742#.Ud2dlazt7To

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