Army Substance Abuse Program

Our Mission is to sustain readiness and promote a healthy lifestyle in the Fort Carson community by providing education, quality assistance in order to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse that affects Soldiers, Families, Civilians Employees and Retirees. Our Vision is to reduce the negative impact of substance abuse at Fort Carson by providing quality Services.

Military Personnel, DOD Civilians and Retirees.

Contact us at 719-526-2727 or by email at

Drug Testing


Drug Testing

Collection Point Fort Carson CO, our responsibilities are to train Commander’s selected NCO’s to become Unit Prevention Leaders (UPL) so that they can effectively conduct substance abuse prevention activities in their Units. Each Unit is required to have a Certified Primary and an Alternate Unit Prevention Leader (UPL), certification is good for 18 months and it’s a requirement to maintain their certification in order to collect samples.

Collection Point is also responsible for the collection and performance of quality assurance of each specimen that arrives at our office, Quality Assurance is performed to maintain the integrity of each specimen collected, make sure the proper Testing Code was used for a particular test, and that Chain of Custody is maintained at all times in accordance with AR 600-85.

Unit Prevention Leader


Unit Prevention Leader

Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) Certification – A 24-hour course designated to certify newly appointed UPLs.

Completed/signed UPL packets must be submitted to ASAP NLT one week prior to the class start date. Walk-ins on the first day of the course will not be accepted, even with a completed packet. UPL packets that are incomplete will be returned to the unit and the UPL nominee will not be scheduled for the class until a complete packet is turned in.

UPL Re-Certification – UPL certifications are good for 18 months and UPLs must re-certify within 60 days or will be required to retake the full certification course. UPLs may call 719-526-8407 or 719-526-3395 at any time to schedule their recertification exam. The UPL must bring a new set of appointment orders, and their current UPL card. Any UPL who is a new arrival to Fort Carson must recertify here before conducting any testing. That UPL must bring an entire packet as well as proof of certification from the previous post (the certificate and UPL card).

UPLs returning from deployment, whose certification expired during deployment and the expiration date exceeds 60 days will be required to repeat the 24 hours certification course. Otherwise, they may recertify as indicated above.

UPL Deployment Shipping – Designated to provide UPLs information on deployment testing procedures to include document preparation, packing, shipping, and the results notification process. All UPLs deploying to areas where drug testing is mandated must attend this training prior to deployment. Training is also suggested for UPLs participating in extended field training exercises where unit may wish to conduct drug testing.

If you have any question(s) about any of the above listed training, please call the Prevention Coordinator at 719-526-8407 or 719-526-3395.

Risk Reduction Program


Risk Reduction Program

The Risk Reduction Program (RRP) is a commander’s tool designed to identify and reduce Soldiers’ high-risk behaviors. The RRP focuses on effective use of installation resources and a coordinated effort between commanders and installation agencies to implement intervention and prevention programs. The RRP supports the Army’s well-being program initiatives by integrating prevention and intervention programs into a framework contributing to performance, readiness, and retention. The RRP also allows commanders to compare their units against others to determine if their units require command and/or other interventions.

Objectives of the RRP

Increase unit readiness by providing systematic prevention, intervention methods and materials to commanders to eliminate or mitigate individual high-risk behaviors.

Risk reduction accomplishes this through:

  • Data collection, analyses and reporting to commanders.

  • Conduct anonymous URI and R-URI surveys.

  • URI: Commanders will administer the Unit Risk Inventory (URI) to all deploying Soldiers at least 30 days before an operational deployment. Incoming commanders should consider this a necessary action during their change of command.

  • R-URI: Commanders will administer the R-URI to redeploying Soldiers between 90 and 180 days of their return from deployment.

What it is...

  • Tool to maximize responsiveness to leaders.

  • Tool to maximize resources available.

  • Tool to minimize tragic high-risk behaviors.

  • Tool to improve outcomes: Health, Safety and Deployability.

Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention

Mission and Goals

  • Reduce the number and rate of suicides.

  • Advocate of a multidisciplinary approach to suicide prevention.

  • Provide assistance and guidance to organizations and individuals administering various components of the SPP.

  • Identify factors contributing to the incidence of suicide and develop a response to reduce the impact of such factors.

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