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Civilians no longer allowed to use salvia at Hill

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- On Aug. 6, Col. Scott Chambers, Hill Air Force Base installation commander, issued a memorandum stating all federal civilian employees, civilian contractor employees, military dependents and all other guests were ordered not to inhale, smoke, chew, consume or introduce salvia divinorum and/or salvinorin A into their bodies in any manner or possess it in any form while in any area under his command authority. That includes Hill Air Force Base, Little Mountain and the Utah Test and Training Range. Possession and use by military members was previously banned under a separate order.

Salvia is an herb, and its use is becoming more popular in the local community, according to the memorandum. Scientific studies indicate that a person who ingests salvia may experience hallucinations, changes in perception and other psychological effects. The ingredient in salvia believed to be responsible for these psychoactive effects is salvinoria A. The Drug Enforcement Administration lists salvia as a drug/chemical of concern.

According to the memo, "The use of salvia on Hill Air Force Base and other Hill-affiliated areas by federal civilians and contractor employees, military dependents and civilian guests has the potential to endanger the life of that individual as well as the lives of those with whom he or she has contact. Such use could also seriously undermine our mission and negatively impact the morale and discipline of the installation and national security."

Violations of this policy could result in disciplinary actions against civilian employees in accordance with AFI 36-704, Discipline and Adverse Actions. It could also result in contract employees, military dependents and guests being banned from the base.

For more information contact the base legal office at 777-7455 or the personnel directorate at 777-6929.