Monday, May 22, 2006 - FreeMarketNews.com
An average of 10 British soldiers per week are being caught using Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, according to a report published in a BBC News story, based on government study figures from the Ministry of Defense.
According to the report, nearly 1,000 Brits were nabbed during random drug testing last year, and experts are calling it "a clear sign of troops suffering plummeting morale and mounting pressure." The number of soldiers using these "hard drugs" has escalated since the beginning of the war, and in 2005 was about double the tally for 2003.
As for Class C substances, which include marijuana, although the numbers have also risen, they are now well below the heroin-abuse levels. The British military's policy of compulsory expulsion for drug abuse is now creating an even tighter personnel crunch on troop allotments. The BBC story cited "at least 14 young recruits" who had been caught taking drugs more than once, but were still on the lines in Iraq. - ST