Health & Safety

May 10, 2012

Marine air station keeps spice incidents at bay

Cpl. Shelby Shields
Desert Warrior Staff

Throughout the Marine Corps, synthetic drugs like “Spice” and “bath salts” have presented Marines with yet another hazardous temptation.

Drug Demand Reduction Program prevention efforts on station have helped to keep the amount of incidents on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma minimal.

“We are constantly educating Marines on the risks and consequences of using synthetic drugs so they are aware of what can happen,” said Virgil S. Tapispisan, station Drug Demand Reduction Program coordinator. “We do testing for synthetic drugs and our numbers aren’t increasing thanks to the education we provide.”

MCAS Yuma Station Order 5355.1 states, “The actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of Spice, Salvia Divinorum or any derivative, analogue or variant of either substance is prohibited.”

Marines aboard MCAS Yuma found in violation of this order will be immediately turned over to their respective chain of command for processing in accordance with established regulations and standing General Orders, according to Commanding Officer’s Policy Letter 03-10.

“When it comes to Spice, ignorance is not bliss,” Tapispisan stressed. “If you use, you will get caught and you will get discharged from the military.”

Civilian employees on station are also subject to permanent debarment from the air station as a consequence for violating the previous mentioned order.

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