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Army: Drugs

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Army personnel tested positive after compulsory drug testing using urine samples for (a) cocaine only, (b) ecstasy only, (c) cannabis only and (d) any drug in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2006, broken down by the day of the week on which the sample was obtained. (157335)

The following table illustrates positive drug tests for each drug and combination of drugs for the years 2003 and 2006. Details of the day of the week on which each positive sample was obtained could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Drug type

2003

2006

Heroin

4

1

Total Heroin

4

1

Cocaine

112

340

Cocaine/Ecstasy

7

34

Cocaine/Ecstasy/Amphetamine

1

3

Cocaine/Ecstasy/Cannabis

4

6

Cocaine/Ecstasy/ Amphetamine/Cannabis

2

0

Cocaine/ Amphetamine

1

6

Cocaine/ Amphetamine /Cannabis

0

1

Cocaine/Cannabis

9

33

Total Cocaine

136

423

Ecstasy

85

73

Ecstasy/Amphetamine

7

9

Ecstasy/Amphetamine/Cannabis

4

3

Ecstasy/Cannabis

7

10

Total Ecstasy

103

95

Cannabis

244

221

Cannabis/Benzodiazepine

0

0

Total Cannabis

244

221

Amphetamine

18

15

Amphetamine/Cannabis

6

4

Amphetamine/Methyl Amphetamine/Cannabis

1

0

Total Amphetamine

25

19

Benzodiazepine

6

10

Total Benzodiazepine

6

10

Total positive results

518

769