Friday December 14, 2007
There are three times more soldiers testing positive for cocaine than ecstasy.
The army today admitted that cocaine was becoming the "drug of choice" for British service personnel.
Colonel John Donnelly, who has responsibility for army discipline, said a significant increase in drug taking by soldiers could be linked to stress induced by the demands of combat operations.
His comments followed the publication of a report which found that about 800 soldiers - the equivalent to a battalion - were testing positive for drugs each year.
"Cocaine is more available and, certainly for our soldiers, it is becoming increasingly the drug of choice," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Asked whether there were links between the current combat deployments and drug use, he said: "The effects on the mind following demand
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