In a bold move, the U.S. Army will soon begin expanded testing of soldiers for unauthorized prescription drug use.
“We’re starting with hydrocodone and hydromorphone as the first expansion,” said Lt. Col. Shaun Bailey, chief of the drug testing branch at the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs. “We will continue to expand and increase our prescription drug-testing capabilities in the months to come. We’re not limiting ourselves in this initial announcement.”
The expanded testing of urinalysis samples will start around May 1 and increase as more laboratories become available for testing. The program will be fully implemented Army-wide by Oct. 1 as part of the Army’s crackdown on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.