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ASAP presents drug-abuse prevention training

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.

PHOTO: Cory Zebell of the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program briefs Soldiers about drug abuse. Photo by Rob Schuette
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, Zebell said.

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 physical dependence.

A listing of the schedules, which was compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, is available at the website http://www.ceri.com/controll.htm.

“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 http://www.drugabuse.gov, which 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.

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