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Drug Abuse

The Air Force maintains a zero tolerance policy in relation to illicit drug use. This policy applies any time a person knowingly uses or possesses an intoxicating substance, other than alcohol or tobacco, for the purpose of altering mood or function. In other words, if it changes the way your brain works, it is simply not allowed. Substances that the Air Force has “zero tolerance” for include, but are not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Molly
  • Ecstasy
  • Spice
  • Bath salts
  • LSD
  • Acid
  • Speed
  • Anything used for “huffing”
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications used for something other than their intended medical purpose or in excess of their prescribed dosage.

Even though drug use may occur in some social settings, drugs are not the social norm in the Air Force. The vast majority of Airmen do not use drugs. Drug use by a single unit member compromises the mission and work of the entire unit.

Deterring drug use in the Air Force comes down to every single Airman doing their part. It begins with taking personal responsibility for your own choices and actions and dealing with adversity in a positive way. Everything you do affects your entire unit, so making good choices is important. Learn how to solve problems in a healthy and constructive way, and if something seems too overwhelming to deal with alone, ask for help. Your Wingmen, first sergeants, supervisors, and commanders are there to support you and help you find the right resources.


The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program promotes readiness and health through the prevention and comprehensive treatment of substance abuse problems. ADAPT seeks to minimize the negative consequences of substance abuse to the individual, family, and Air Force. It also provides comprehensive education and treatment to individuals who experience problems attributed to substance abuse.

Ultimately, the ADAPT program is chartered to return identified substance abusers to unrestricted duty status or assist them in their transition to civilian life, as appropriate. At the base level, assessment and treatment is conducted by mental health care providers, usually psychologists or social workers and certified substance abuse counselors who are mental healthcare technicians.