Sense and Nonsense in the Army Drug Prevention Program,
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE
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Societal response to crises like the widespread use of illicit drugs follows four phases denial, recognition, crisis management, and gradual realistic actions to attenuate and solve the problem. With respect to the prevention of drug abuse, the US Army is now approaching resolution of the crisis management stage. In preparation is an extensive revision of the basic regulation, AR 600-85, that holds promise that a little more tinkering with the machinery will assure control of the drug problem in the Army. A recent and publication of the DA DCSPER claims the alcoholdrug abuse prevention and control program returned a division equivalent over 15,000 soldiers to duty during FY 1979 a success rate of 68.9 percent.