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War on drugs? 110k active US troops 'on prescribed meds'

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

War on drugs? 110k active US troops 'on prescribed meds'

Thousands of US soldiers are going into battle fueled by all sorts of prescription medications, be they amphetamines, antidepressants, sedatives or others. Largely unmonitored consumption of drugs can lead to aberrant behavior and mental disorders.

­Over 110,000 American service personnel took prescribed medications in 2011 to battle through everyday military routine.

The Times recently disclosed that nearly 8 per cent of active-duty American servicemen and women take sedatives and over 6 per cent are on antidepressants, a tremendous eightfold increase since 2005, when two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were in full swing..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/us-army-medicine-drugs-580/

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