Navy discharging 28 sailors for drug usage

November 22nd, 2011 - 10:45 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Just a month after the US Navy announced the dismissal of 64 sailors for drug use, another 28 sailors are set to be discharged for similar offences. The 28 are attached to the carrier USS Ronal Reagan and officials say the action follows revelation that they used a synthetic drug to get the effect of marijuana use.

The synthetic drug Spice mimics the effects of marijuana when it is used on the body. the use of synthetic drugs are banned in the US Navy and officials have been conducting extensive investigation into their use in the Navy for some weeks now.

The Navy has completed six probes into the incident.

Spice was first used in Europe. Because marijuana is banned in several countries, users had their way while using the Spice. Health officials warned that the drug has more serious side effects than marijuana. Made up of herbs and other chemicals, experts list the side effects of Spice as headaches, paralysis, numbness and seizures.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency after extensive study into the effect of the drug added it to the list of banned drugs in the country. The DEA placed the ban on the illegal use and possession of the drug last March.

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