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Armed Forces: Drug Tests

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 17 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many random drug tests were performed on military personnel in 2006; how many of these were positive, and for which drugs or combination of drugs. [HL3038]

A total of 129,888 random drug tests were performed on military personnel in 2006, of which 844 were positive (0.65 per cent). The breakdown showing drugs or combination of drugs detected for each service, and for the Armed Forces as a whole, is shown in the table below.

2006

Royal Navy

Army

Royal Air Force

Armed Forces

Number of random tests performed on military personnel

12,505

104,499

12,884

129,888

Number of personnel testing positive (percentage of tests carried out)

57 (0.46%)

769 (0.74%)

18 (0.14%)

844 (0.65%)

Drug or combination of drug involved:

(percentage of positive tests)

Heroin

1

1

2 (0.24%)

Cocaine

35

340

8

383 (45.4%)

Cocaine/Ecstasy

34

2

36 (4.3%)

Cocaine/Ecstasy/Amphetamine

3

3 (0.36%)

Cocaine/Ecstasy/Cannabis

6

6 (0.71%)

Cocaine/Amphetamine

6

6 (0.71%)

Cocaine/Amphetamine/Cannabis

1

1 (0.12%)

Cocaine/Cannabis

33

33 (3.9%)

Ecstasy

9

73

2

84 (10.0%)

Ecstasy/Amphetamine

9

9 (1.1%)

Ecstasy/Amphetamine/Cannabis

3

3 (0.36%)

Ecstasy/Cannabis

10

10 (1.2%)

Cannabis

11

221

4

236 (28.0%)

Amphetamine

15

15

15 (1.8%)

Amphetamine/Cannabis

4

4 (0.47%)

Benzodiazephine

1

10

2

13 (1.57%)