Procedures For Reporting And Referring A Suspected Substance Abuser

a. Medical Treatment Facility (Ward, Clinic, Dispensary, and so forth). You, the medical specialist, will inform the patient's physician of a suspected substance abuse.

b. Unit Level (Company, Battalion, and so forth). You, the medical specialist, will inform superiors of suspicions.

(1) Annotate on the DD Form 689 (Individual Sick Slip) that the suspected abuser exhibits behavior other than normal.

(2) Refer the suspected abuser to a physician at the nearest medical treatment facility. Inform the physician directly of the information and observations regarding the patient.

NOTE: In the medical chain of command, only the physician can notify the unit commander of the suspected substance abuser.

NOTE: Referral to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program

(ADAPCP) must be made in accordance with AR 600-85, Department of the Army's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program.

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