it is in our grade schools, high schools, and even inside prison gates.
Illegal drug traffic is on your military posts.
It will require the most
intensive investigative techniques.
d. Detrimental Effects. In comparison with civilian life, drug abuse has
a unique consequence for the armed forces.
This is because persons in the
military service have a special dependency on each other. They need to be able
to function as a team. Commanders cannot trust the fate of their men and units
to those who might be under the adverse influence of drugs. Unreliable duty
performance is a threat to the service mission.
So is reduced ability to
function in stressful situations.
He may do so by introducing drugs to young, easily impressed
servicemen. Drug abusers are poor security risks. This is because they can be
blackmailed into releasing information.
Also, they may steal security
information to finance their drug use.
threat to themselves and to those around them.
Identification of Technical Terms.
a. Addiction - In 1957, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined drug
addiction. They termed it a state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced
by repeated drug consumption. Its characteristics include: (1) an overpowering
desire or need (compulsion) to continue taking a drug and to get it by any
means; (2) a tendency to increase the dose; (3) a psychic (psychological) and
generally a physical dependence on the effects of the drug; (4) an effect
detrimental to the person and to society.
b. Supplier - one who furnishes illegally, wrongfully, or improperly to
another person a small amount of any of the prescribed drugs defined herein.
(1) Casual Supplier - Distributes for the convenience of the user rather
than for gain.
(2) Supplier - Distributes for personal gain.
c. Central Nervous System - This includes the brain and spinal cord.
e. Delirium - This is a condition characterized by mental excitement and
confusion. Other symptoms are disordered speech and, often, hallucinations.
f. Depressants - Substances that tend to calm, tranquilize or sedate a
person. Depressants slow down, or have an analgesic effect upon the central
nervous system. Examples are opium, morphine, heroin, and codeine. Others are
demerol, methadone, and barbiturates.
g. Drug Abuse - The illegal, wrongful, or improper use of any narcotic
substance, marijuana, or other dangerous drug. It can also be the illegal or
wrongful possession, sale, transfer, delivery, or manufacture of the same.