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Navy Developing New Tools To Detect Designer Drugs

Smoking Spice
Navy Medicine
Smoking Spice

Sailors who use so-called designer drugs like Spice and Bath Salts will have to contend with ever-evolving drug tests, the U.S. Navy announced today:

Navy reviews its testing of synthetic compounds continuously, and also continually responds to production of new controlled and synthetic compounds, changing testing procedures and pacing the changes being made by producers.

The Navy reports that since it began testing for synthetic chemical compounds in March, a total of 101 urine samples out of 3,300 tested positive.

More than 1,500 Sailors got kicked out of the Navy in 2011 for using or distributing Spice.

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