If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line or call 911: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 838255

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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).
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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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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What Marijuana Legalization Means for Service Members

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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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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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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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What Can I Do
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There’s no reason to get rid of unused prescription drugs.
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How to Safely Dispose of Medications

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Marijuana, CBD, & Hemp Facts
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As a Service member, I can use the following products even if they contain hemp:
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The DOD policy prohibits Service members from using products made or derived from hemp in any form. Durable goods like rope or clothing are not included in this policy and are okay to use.

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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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Understanding Prescription Drug Misuse
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As a Service member, which option is the best way to deal with stress?
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Some stress can be good, but continual stress can have negative impacts. Arm yourself with ways to tackle stress to prevent yourself from misusing prescription drugs or turning to something illicit or prohibited.

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What Could I Lose
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If I misuse substances it can affect my family, friends or military buddies.
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Misusing substances can put your loved ones, buddies and unit in uncomfortable and stressful situations.

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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 or call 911: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 838255