Survey of Stimulant Use in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Operators
Technical rept. Oct 2010-Apr 2013
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT DAYTON WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The current needs of the US Air Force often demand that personnel work during extensive periods of sleep loss. To maintain alertness, Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC Battlefield Airmen may consume various alertness aids. However, no data exist reporting the extent of use of over-the-counter OTC stimulants or go-pills in this population therefore, a survey was administered. Data from this study were collected from five sites where members of the Air Force Special Tactics ST were stationed. The sample n 73 included a large number of personnel who had been deployed and from enlisted members as well as officers. The responses to this survey indicated that most AFSOC Battlefield Airmen consume at least one stimulant drink per day, with few personnel consuming more than 3 drinks per day, usually in theater rather than in garrison. The number of respondents who indicated use of prescription go-pills was very small. Most personnel who used go-pills in garrison had taken it once, possibly the test dose, whereas repeated usage was more evident in theater. Only 4 respondents reported using an OTC substance with a prescription stimulant in theater. These results of the survey may aid medical officers prescribing stimulants in theater.
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