Drug name urges, “Pump-It!” Commanders say, “Don’t!”

In case there was any doubt, snorting the designer drug known as “Pump-It! Powder” is not sanctioned by the Army.

Fort Sill, Okla., law enforcement has issued an alert about the substance, a stimulant and hallucinogen whose side effectsinclude convulsions, paranoia, chest pains or increased heart rate that can lead to cardiac arrest.

“There is so much risk with these synthetic drugs. The people who are mixing these substances up are using literally dozens of different chemicals and products,” said Jay Khalifeh, director of the Army Substance Abuse Program at the post. “The danger of physical and psychological damage is very great, not to mention the legal aspects and what they can do to a Soldier’s military career.”

It’s being marketed as an “enhanced plant vitamin” — nevermind the woman disco dancing on the label, I guess — but it’s no such thing. Officials from Fort Sill’s drug program say that like the synthetic drugs called “bath salts” and “spice,” there’s no telling what chemicals are in it, or what dangerous side-effects they might have.

Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general, has already issued a memorandum that prohibits this new product under the Army Substance Abuse Regulation 600-85. Possessing, using, selling or distributing prohibited substances is illegal on Fort Sill.

McDonald ruled a number of places in Lawton that sell such substances off-limits to soldiers.

Don’t be surprised to see a similar ban at a post near you.

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