Use of new substance violates AF?regulations

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
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While salvia is currently legal in Georgia, Airmen could get in big trouble if they are caught using it. The Georgia General Assembly is considering bills to outlaw salvia, a psychoactive hallucinogenic plant, and spice, a substance sold as incense but with cannabis-like effects.

However, regardless of what the State of Georgia does about salvia and spice, Airmen need to know the use of salvia is a violation of Air Force regulations, said Capt. M. Arthur Vaughn II, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center Judge Advocate General Office Military Justice chief. A violation can lead to disciplinary action for drug abuse and, under AFI 36-3208, result in a mandatory discharge.

Airmen are prohibited from using anabolic/androgenic steroids and any intoxicating substance, other than alcohol, that is inhaled, injected, consumed, or introduced into the body in any manner for purposes of altering mood or function. Other examples include sniffing glue, gasoline or other chemicals for the purposes of achieving intoxication.

While there has been no disciplinary action taken against any Robins Airman in regard to salvia or spice thus far, Vaughn said there have been cases of Airmen court-martialed for abuse of other legal drugs, such as cough medicine.

The use of salvia in the military became enough of a concern in 2008 that the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology developed the first urinalysis test for salvia.