Amid New Marine Corps LSD Problem, DoD Changes Force-Wide Drug Testing Policy
The Pentagon has authorized testing of troops for LSD following problems with the Marine Corps, a Marine spokesperson told the Marine Corps Times.
The rest of the Defense Ministry may soon see randomly LSD test, Captain Joseph Butterfield told the Marine Corps Times.
“Due to growing concerns regarding the use of LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMIDE by service members, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Resilience has approved the addition of LSD to the standard demand reduction test panel for drugs in August 2020, starting in December 2020, ”Butterfield said.
The drug was the last on the Department of Defense’s battery of tests in 2006. The DoD eliminated it because only four members of the service had tested positive for the drug after three years and 2,095,398 “examined samples.” according to a memo from the time.
As of 2006, Marines could only be tested for LSD at the request of law enforcement.
The change will allow commanders of all branches of the military to test members of the service for drugs if they likely have military consent or if directed by command, Butterfield said.
Commanders will need to work with their service headquarters on an exact testing policy, Butterfield said.
The policy change will not allow units to test 100% of their unit for LSD as part of a drug scan or random monthly test, although a small amount of samples from these tests may be. randomly selected for LSD screening.
“Due to the limited availability of quotas related to analytical laboratory quantity limits, all commanders, commanders, officers in charge or their designated representatives must obtain authorization to test from the HQMC, Drug Demand Reduction Program, prior to collecting an LSD urine sample similar to collecting steroid samples, ”Butterfield said.
Almost 4,000 Marines with the 2nd maritime division have been randomly tested for LSD since the unit extended its testing protocol over the summer. Fewer than 20 Marines tested positive on Wednesday, 1st Lt. Dan Linfante, a spokesperson for the division, told the Marine Corps Times.
“We have a drug problem in the 2nd maritime division,Major General Francis L. Donovan, the division’s commanding general, said in a press release Tuesday.
“The vast majority of Marines within the 2nd maritime division regularly stand up for our core values, and they deserve to know that the Marines to their left and right are doing the same, ”Donovan added.
Contrary to a popular Marine Corps rumor, LSD can be tested by urinalysis, although it only lasts in an individual’s system for two to four days, according to American addiction centers.
The exact length of time that an individual stays in an individual’s system depends on several factors, including the amount consumed, their age, health and weight, the American Addiction Centers website said.