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Positive drug tests on rise in UK army

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A report has shown the British Army is dismissing the equivalent of almost a battalion of soldiers every year for taking drugs.

The report by the Royal United Services Institute says the number of positive tests for illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin rose from 520 in 2003 to 770 last year.

Positive tests for cocaine use rose four-fold during the same period.

A dishonourable discharge is likely after a positive test for illegal drug use.

The Ministry of Defence says drug abuse is less common among forces personnel than civilians.

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