If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.

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If you are a Reservist or Guardsman and are struggling with risky drug use, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Understanding Prescription Drug Misuse
If I regularly experience pain and need relief, misusing opioids is the best option.
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Opioids are often misused when a person experiences chronic pain and cannot get relief. However, by knowing how to properly manage or treat pain, you can steer clear of misusing prescription opioids (as well as the risk of putting your health and career in danger) and get the pain relief you’re looking for.

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Marijuana, CBD, & Hemp Facts
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As a Service member, I can use marijuana if I am stationed in a state where it’s legal.
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Marijuana is prohibited for all Active and Reserve Component members even if you are stationed in a state where it is legal.

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Prescription Drug Facts
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As an active duty Service member, I can take weight loss drugs to meet weight standards and PT requirements.
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As an active duty Service member, you must have a prescription from your health care provider, meet Service branch requirements and have the necessary permission and waivers to use weight loss drugs.

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What Could I Lose
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If I get a drug offense as a Service member, I could lose the following after my time in the military:
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A drug offense can lead to discharge or separation from the military which ultimately could mean losing benefits you worked hard to earn.

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Understanding Prescription Drug Misuse
As a Service member, I can use prescription drugs (like stimulants) to help me stay awake without a prescription from my health care provider.
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Misusing prescription drugs to stay awake and “get the job done” puts you and your career at risk. If you’re feeling tired and looking for ways to stay alert while on duty, remember that talking to your health care provider is a good first step. Find out more from this article.

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What Can I Do
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Addiction happens because a person cannot control themself.
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Addiction happens due to multiple factors; some are uncontrollable (like genetics). Indicators of addiction may include losing self-control and not being able to stop taking a drug despite negative effects. Addiction is a disease and not a lack of willpower. Talk to your health care provider about any medication concerns.

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What Can I Do
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There’s no reason to get rid of unused prescription drugs.
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If you don’t get rid of unused prescription drugs, you may be tempted to share them with others or take them if old symptoms come back. This could put your job and health at risk. Instead, learn how to properly dispose of unused medications.

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Understanding Prescription Drug Misuse
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If I’m having trouble sleeping, there are many techniques I can try before turning to sleep medications.
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Among Service members, getting enough quality sleep can be a challenge. If you experience problems sleeping, talk to your health care provider.

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Prescription Drug Facts
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As a Service member, if you pop positive on a drug test for an opioid that was given to you by your medical provider and used in the specified time frame, there can be disciplinary action.
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Prescription opioids can be prescribed, safely used and still cause a Service member to pop positive. Remember to protect yourself by letting your PCM know about any medications you are prescribed off-base, including in the ER or another medical visit so it can be documented in your record.

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Prescription Drug Facts
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A prescription opioid is not:
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Prescription opioids are a type of narcotic that relax the body and relieve pain. Health care providers prescribe them to Service members in specific situations and for specific reasons. It is important to use them only as directed.

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Understanding Prescription Drug Misuse
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Prescription drug misuse is:
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Prescription drug misuse means you are not following your health care provider’s directions (such as taking more medication at a time or more frequently than prescribed), you are taking someone else’s prescription drug or you are using medication for any reason other than what it was prescribed for.

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What Can I Do
As a Service member, if I have questions about risky drug use (like prescription drug misuse or illicit and prohibited drug use), I should look at:
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As a Service member, you should stay informed on both the DOD and Service branch policies to keep you and your career safe. Check out this article to see how Too Much to Lose breaks it down.

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Great job testing your knowledge on prescription drug misuse and illicit and prohibited drug use. Policies and trends change and it’s your job to know how to protect your career. But don’t worry – we have you covered on all the latest information. Check out the sections below to keep learning.
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Supplements and Other Substances

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Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS)

Looking for information on supplements? Find evidence-based information and tools to make informed decisions about dietary supplements to reduce potential risks to health and career.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Looking for information on drugs not covered on this site? Find fact sheets and information on illegal and prohibited drugs as well as emerging trends and alerts.

Want to Quit Tobacco?

YouCanQuit2 is an educational campaign to help U.S. Service members quit tobacco—for themselves and their loved ones.

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Want to Learn About Responsible Drinking?

Own Your Limits is an educational campaign to help U.S. Service members learn to drink responsibly, if they choose to drink alcohol.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.