Positive drug tests in armed forces fall

March 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

These figures released in a written answer show falls in the number of armed services personnel failing tests for illegal drugs.

Dr. Murrison:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compulsory drug tests for each substance were failed in each of the armed services since 2001. [320772]

Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 5 March 2010]: The misuse of drugs is incompatible with the demands of service life and can pose a significant threat to operational effectiveness.

The following table provides information on the numbers of compulsory drug tests and positive results by drug type.

10 Mar 2010 : Column 340W

Naval service compulsory drug testing results for the period 1 January 2001-31 December 2009
Drug types( 2)
Number of tests conducted Number of positive results Cocaine Ecstasy Cannabis Others( 1)
2001 12,889 50 7 15 27 1
2002 12,900 42 8 6 26 2
2003 13,803 56 22 12 20 2
2004 12,262 48 20 7 16 5
2005 12,705 47 26 8 11 2
2006 13,552 57 35 9 11 2
2007 10,762 39 22 2 12 3
2008 12,935 67 50 1 13 3
2009 11,563 32 15 1 20 2
Army compulsory drug testing results for the period 1 January 2001-31 December 2009
Drug types( 2)
Number of tests conducted Number of positive results Cocaine Ecstasy Cannabis Others( 3)
2001 97,282 637 76 201 297 30
2002 89,003 514 106 128 239 41
2003 93,129 518 136 103 244 35
2004 92,297 634 206 126 275 27
2005 94,140 796 364 122 281 29
2006 105,008 770 423 95 221 31
2007 75,842 678 419 72 160 27
2008 89,839 651 427 32 171 21
2009 102,949 451 237 6 203 38

Royal Air Force compulsory drug testing results for the period 1 January 2001-31 December 2009
Drug types( 2)
Number of tests conducted Number of positive results Cocaine Ecstasy Cannabis Others( 4)
2001 13,401 18 3 4 11 0
2002 11,096 10 1 2 7 0
2003 13,570 20 0 4 16 0
2004 11,832 24 10 1 13 0
2005 12,808 21 6 6 8 1
2006 12,884 18 9 3 4 2
2007 12,119 15 11 0 3 1
2008 12,303 27 10 1 13 3
2009 12,399 12 5 0 7 0
(1) Other drugs detected-Ketamine, Steroids, Benzodiazepines and Opiates.
(2) Where a sample tests positive for more than one drug, the more prevalent drug is counted.
(3) Other drugs detected-Heroine, Ketamine, Steroids, Benzodiazepines.
(4) Other drugs detected-Benzodiazepines, Amphetamine.
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