Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Soldiers from the Fort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison were
briefed about drug-abuse prevention and recognition Feb. 11.
Cory Zebell of the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
presented the required training. Topics covered were drug-abuse
prevention for not only the Soldiers present, but how to recognize the
illegal use of drugs by their peers and their Family members.
Cory Zebell of the Fort McCoy
Army Substance Abuse Program briefs Soldiers about drug abuse.
The program included information from the State of
Wisconsin National Guard drug-control program, along with ASAP
materials, he said.
“Drugs are money for everyone (who sells them),” Zebell said. “So people
will come up with a way to get around the law to sell them.”
Among the drugs that are widely available in this area of the state are
marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription opiates and stimulants,
Soldiers need to know what the drugs look like and what effects they
cause. For example, if someone has extremely dilated or constricted eye
pupils for the amount of light available on a given day that might be a
symptom of drug abuse, Zebell said.
The potential for drug abuse is listed on a five-step schedule, with the
top-two categories indicating a higher risk for abuse, Zebell said.
Schedule I drugs are heroin, LSD, marijuana and methaqualone. Schedule
II drugs include morphine, PCP, cocaine, methadone and methamphetamine.
The abuse of Schedule II drugs may lead to severe psychological or
A listing of the schedules, which was compiled by the U.S. Department of
Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, is available at the website
“Many of the Schedule III, IV and V drugs are very addictive,” Zebell
said. “People often aren’t told or may not be aware of how addictive
some drugs, like prescription drugs, are.”
Other drugs, such as cocaine, may be in a more-purified form, so taking
the same or increased dosages may have health risks, he said.
A number of good resources exist to become more educated about drug
abuse, Zebell said. By calling the toll-free Wisconsin Poison Center
line at 800-815-8855 in the case of an abuse emergency, people can get
information about drugs, symptoms and treatments.
Information about drugs and/or drug abuse is available at the websites
provides a general overview, and at
http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/abuse/index.htm, which provides fact
sheets for a number of common drugs.
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Caswell, noncommissioned training officer for
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy,
said Soldiers are required to take four hours of substance-abuse
training annually. The presentation counted for one hour of the training
and provided good background information and good reference materials.
For more information about drug/substance abuse in the Fort McCoy
community, call ASAP at 608-388-2315/5955 or visit the Fort McCoy
Corporate Network, under installation/directorates, DHR.