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May 3, 2022
Beware of new marijuana legalization laws in New Jersey.

As of April 21, 2022, recreational marijuana became available to purchase in New Jersey. If you are stationed in or PCSing to New Jersey this season, beware that medical and recreational marijuana use is now legal in that state. For more information on what state marijuana laws are already in place in the U.S., check out the What Marijuana Legalization Means for You infographic. Remember – marijuana is prohibited for Active and Reserve Component members, so avoid products that may have marijuana in them to protect your career.

April 20, 2022
Avoid hemp-infused energy drinks.

Energy drinks are common for Service members trying to stay alert while on duty. But did you know there’s a new beverage marketed to help you relax and unwind that you should avoid? Hemp-infused energy drinks. The drink, Rockstar Unplugged, and other similar products contain hemp seed oil, caffeine and other ingredients, and could make you pop positive on a drug test. Remember – even though these drinks are federally legal and available in local stores, hemp products are prohibited [PDF 296KB] for you to use as a Service member. Check out other ways to unwind without risking your career.

March 2, 2022
Does cannabis (also known as marijuana) not actually help people sleep after all?

A recent study shows people who recently used cannabis reported more extreme sleeping conditions; specifically, they slept shorter amounts (less than 6 hours) or longer amounts (more than 9 hours) rather than the optimal sleep length (which is 6-9 hours). Chronic sleep problems can negatively impact mental health, chronic pain and physical health so stay away from the prohibited drug and use these tips to get your sleep back on track.

February 16, 2022
The latest and potentially most dangerous opioid out there: nitazenes.

Nitazenes are a new synthetic form of opioids that are up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl (that’s very strong). They’ve recently been found in illegal drugs, causing an increase in overdoses and deaths (overseas and in the states). While fentanyl is still one of the most misused opioids, nitazene is increasing in popularity because it’s stronger. Nitazenes also aren’t regulated, which means they are even more dangerous. Service members − stay alert and only use medications prescribed to you from your health care provider. It’s not worth the risk.

September 8, 2021
Delta-8 THC added to the DOD drug testing panel.

You might hear about products that include Delta-8 THC, like vapes and gummies, and that using Delta-8 won’t make you pop positive. The DOD, however, added Delta-8 THC to the drug testing panel in July 2021. Delta-8 is advertised as a milder high than the THC you’re familiar with and is often compared to CBD. However, like marijuana, CBD and hemp, Delta-8 THC is prohibited for Service members to use no matter the legal status of the product in your location or the claimed THC levels. Steer clear of products containing Delta-8 to avoid popping positive on the DOD drug testing panel.

 

June 15, 2021
There are new marijuana legalization laws that you should be aware of.

If you are stationed in or PCSing to any of the following states this summer, beware that new marijuana legalization laws for medical and/or recreational use will be going into effect:

  • New Mexico: June 2021 (Medical and recreational)
  • Alabama: June 2021 (Medical)
  • Virginia: July 2021 (Medical and recreational)
  • Connecticut: July 2021 (Recreational)
  • South Dakota: July 2021 (Medical)

For more information on what state marijuana laws are already in place in the U.S., check out the What Marijuana Legalization Means for You infographic. Remember – marijuana is prohibited for Active and Reserve Component members, so steer clear of products that may have marijuana in them to protect your career.

June 15, 2021
Driving under any influence is not the answer.

You might think driving under the influence just means driving after drinking alcohol. However, a recent study reported that more people are driving while under the influence of marijuana, opioids and other illicit drugs and it’s causing more deaths behind the wheel. Protect yourself and your career by not using prohibited drugs like marijuana, steering clear of illicit drugs and only using your prescription drugs as directed by your health care provider. Remember – you are responsible for your actions.

June 15, 2021
Recreational drug use can cause early onset heart issues in people under age 40.

A recent study shows that people who recreationally use illicit drugs (especially cannabis and amphetamines, which are a type of stimulant) may be three times more likely to experience early onset heart or blood vessel issues which may lead to heart attack or stroke. The study specifically found a higher association between recreational drug use and early issues in women than men. Protect what you care about so that risky drug use doesn’t negatively impact your health, career or relationships.

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