MORE Australian soldiers have been sent home in disgrace from Afghanistan after being caught using drugs.
The Defence Department admitted last night that three soldiers had tested positive for anabolic steroids and had either been sacked or were in the process of being sacked, bringing the numbers of Diggers caught abusing the drug in Afghanistan this year to seven.
TheÂ HeraldÂ revealed this year that four elite special forces soldiers had been caught using steroids in the first two or three months of the year, were sent back to Australia and asked to show why they should not be sacked.
Steroids are used to increase body mass and strength, particularly in the upper body. They have been linked to side effects such as aggression and mania, known as ”roid rage”, and physical problems such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease.
”Defence conducts routine drug testing, including of personnel on operations. In subsequent routine drug tests, three ADF personnel serving in Afghanistan have tested positive to steroids,” a spokesman said last night.
”One member has been discharged from Defence and two members are in the process of being discharged from Defence.”