Ft. Stewart launches campaign to combat illicit drugs

Ft. Stewart launches campaign to combat illicit drugs

FT STEWART, Ga. (WTOC) -Fort Stewart says they saw 20 more drug cases in 2018 compared to 2017 while the number of drug cases at Hunter Army Airfield more than doubled.

Data from the last 3 years shows about half of the offenders are military members and the other half are civilian.

Fort Stewart says their drugs cases have increased on post since 2017, which is why they are taking active measures to stop the threat of drugs. One way is military police combating drug use with K9 patrols.

These soldiers train with these dogs so they perform at the soldiers command. Fort Stewart says they have also increased random drug testing at the gates, health and welfare checks in barracks and random checks of vehicles at access control points.

“We also do education with the units so that is one of our other mitigating strategies so that we don’t get the drug use that degrades our readiness as a military,” said Lt. Col. Martin Schmidt.

Fort Stewart says marijuana accounted for 80% of all drug screenings last year. 30% were repeat offenders and eight out of 10 were men.

You can expect to see an increase in K-9 patrols at installation access points, unit health and welfare checks and at random safety checkpoints across Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

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