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100,000+ active-duty Army troops on meds
04-10-2012, 04:38 PM #1
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Quote:Los Angeles Times

In a small but growing number of cases across the nation, lawyers are blaming the U.S. military’s heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients’ aberrant behavior and related health problems. Such defenses have rarely gained traction in military or civilian courtrooms, but Burke’s case provides the first important indication that military psychiatrists and court-martial judges are not blind to what can happen when troops go to work medicated.

After two long-running wars with escalating levels of combat stress, more than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, according to figures recently disclosed to The Times by the U.S. Army surgeon general. Nearly 8% of the active-duty Army is now on sedatives and more than 6% is on antidepressants — an eightfold increase since 2005.

“We have never medicated our troops to the extent we are doing now…. And I don’t believe the current increase in suicides and homicides in the military is a coincidence,” said Bart Billings, a former military psychologist who hosts an annual conference on combat stress.

The pharmacy consultant for the Army surgeon general says the military’s use of the drugs is comparable to that in the civilian world. “It’s not that we’re using them more frequently or any differently,” said Col. Carol Labadie. “As with any medication, you have to look at weighing the risk versus the benefits of somebody going on a medication.”

But the military environment makes regulating the use of prescription drugs a challenge compared with the civilian world, some psychologists say....http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/...1311.story
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04-10-2012, 04:55 PM #2
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Quote:But the military environment makes regulating the use of prescription drugs a challenge

13.gif really? I'd have thought it would be strictly regimented and easy to control for a servicewo/man.
04-10-2012, 04:59 PM #3
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The army was always a big customer for the drug industry. Uppers and downers for everyone, how could there NOT be a problem? sad2.gif



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