Sailors need to be fit and resilient to face the demands of deployment and training, but substance use can have a serious negative impact. These Navy resources will help Sailors stay clear of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Navy Drug Detection and Deterrence (DDD)
Navy Personnel Command provides web pages to help administer DDD (OPNAV N170D), the Navy program to control the use of drugs. Resources include webinars, guides, campaigns, educational materials, policy documents, command checklists, updates, and even a section on Drug Education for Youth.
Navy Alcohol Abuse Prevention (NAAP)
The Navy Alcohol Abuse Prevention (NAAP; OPNAV N170A) section of the Navy Personnel Command website supports the Navy’s efforts to prevent alcohol abuse. Resources include campaigns, events, assessments, guidelines for use of alcohol detection devices, and training courses.
Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control [PDF]
OPNAVINST 5350.4D (2009) is the current Navy policy on the prevention and control of alcohol and drug use. It specifies procedures for screening and treatment (for active-duty and reserve), provides contact information for Sailors seeking help, details the Navy’s drug-testing protocol, and sets forth requirements for education and training of all Navy personnel.
Tobacco Free Living
Get help to quit tobacco from this Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center web page, which provides advice for Sailorss, providers, and leaders. Resources include brochures, fact sheets, guides, articles, media, graphics, and presentations.
Excessive Alcohol Use
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center provides resources to help curb excessive alcohol use (heavy, binge, and underage drinking, and drinking while pregnant) and risky drinking (more than 4 drinks a day or 14 per week for men, and more than 3 per day or 7 per week for women). Links provide access to fact sheets, policy documents, tools, strategies, and education.
Information on drug abuse from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center includes information on synthetic drugs such as spice, drugs such as marijuana, and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as links to policy documents and educational resources.
BUMED Notice 6410: Medications and Aviation Fatigue [PDF]
BUMED Notice 6410 (2012) is the most recent update to Navy policy (NAVMED P-6410) on the use of stimulants to counteract fatigue in Naval aviation personnel. It establishes modafinil as the preferred alternative to dextroamphetamine, authorizes the use of modafinil (Provigil) and zaleplon (Sonata), and removes temazepam (Restoril) from the list of approved drugs.
Problematic substance use by DoD personnel [PDF]
DoD Instruction 1010.04 (2014) is the current policy that covers “substance use disorders,” including education, treatment, screening, retention, and separation of Military Service Members. Substances of concern are primarily alcohol and drugs. All service branch programs must fit within the guidelines set in this document.
Drug Demand Reduction Program
DoD’s Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) is mandated with the mission to deter DoD personnel from abusing illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs. Resources include DoD directives and instructions related to drug deterrence, information about military and civilian drug testing, and reports on drug use by DoD personnel, as well as links to branch-specific and other government and non-profit programs.
This multimedia DoD campaign addresses alcohol abuse through an interactive website with the mission to educate Military Service Members not to be “that guy.” The campaign goal is to encourage responsible drinking and reduce excessive drinking, especially among young enlisted men and women.