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What is Spice and can the Army test for it?
Spice is considered by many to be a natural, safe, and legal alternative to marijuana. Known by other names such as K2, Yucatan Fire, and Skunk, this synthetic drug is far from being safe or legal and is even labeled as being “not for human consumption”. The effects of this drug include an enhanced mood, feelings of relaxation, and an altered state of mind. All of these may sound great but there are also more serious side effects that are common in spice users. These side effects include anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, nausea, muscle tension, vomiting, and heart attacks. Because spice is a relatively new drug, it took some time to develop tests that could effectively detect the drug. As of May 2013, the U.S. Army is now able to test for spice and bath salts and will be doing so upon commander request. For more information about spice or this new policy, please contact the Military Justice division at 767-2952 or the Installation Drug Testing Coordinator at 767-5944.