DOD Testing Program to Screen for More Prescription Drugs

Drug News

The Defense Department’s drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects.

Joe Angello, the department’s director of operational readiness and safety, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters the two drugs added to the screening program — hydrocodone and benzodiazepines — are nationally among the most abused prescription drugs now on the market. The program already tests for codeine and morphine, he noted.

As patterns of drug misuse change, the drug testing program responds by adding more testing procedures, he noted.

Hydrocodone is a component of a number of prescription painkillers, including Vicodin, while benzodiazepines are a class of antidepressant medication present in a range of drugs that includes Xanax and Valium.