or illegal involvement with drugs, raises questions regarding an
individual's willingness or ability to protect classified information.
Drug abuse or dependence may impair social or occupational functioning,
increasing the risk of an unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
are defined as mood and behavior altering substances and include:
Drugs, materials, and other chemical compounds identified and listed
in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, as amended (e.g., marijuana
or cannabis, depressants, narcotics, stimulants, and hallucinogens),
(2) Inhalants and other similar substances.
abuse is the illegal use of a drug or use of a legal drug in a manner
that deviates from approved medical direction.
that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include:
drug abuse (see above definition);
drug possession, including cultivation, processing, manufacture,
purchase, sale, or distribution;
by a credentialed medical professional (e.g., physician, clinical
psychologist, or psychiatrist) of drug abuse or drug dependence;
of drug abuse or drug dependence by a licensed clinical social worker
who is a staff member of a recognized drug treatment program;
to successfully complete a drug treatment program prescribed by a
credentialed medical professional. Recent drug involvement, especially
following the granting of a security clearance, or an expressed intent
not to discontinue use, will almost invariably result in an unfavorable
that could mitigate security concerns include:
drug involvement was not recent;
drug involvement was an isolated or aberrational event;
c. A demonstrated
intent not to abuse any drugs in the future;
completion of a prescribed drug treatment program, including rehabilitation
and aftercare requirements, without recurrence of abuse, and a favorable
prognosis by a credentialed medical professional.
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