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Swedish soldiers could be given random drug tests

Published tisdag 24 oktober 2006 kl 12.23

The suggestion in a government report is being welcomed by members of the Military Service Organisation which says anything can happen when soldiers are handling weapons and driving large vehicles after taking drugs.

According to current law, those carrying out their military service can only be tested if they are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

But it is being suggested that they should be asked to give urine, saliva, sweat, hair or breath samples at random.

Recent studies have also shown that there is a much greater tolerance to binge-drinking within the armed forces than in Swedish society in general.

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