27 Oct 2011

Army medics imprisoned for drug use

9:46 pm on 27 October 2011

Three New Zealand Army medicscaught using drugs in Afghanistan were sent home early, charged and put into a military prison.

They arrived in Afghanistan in April for a six-month tour of duty, but two months later they were back in New Zealand charged with taking methoxyflurane, a powerful painkiller, recreationally.

Methoxyflurane is supposed to be reserved for alleviating pain from battlefield wounds.

The three were fined $1500 and sentenced to 28 days each in military prison.

Since serving their time they have been allowed to remain in the armed forces.