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For U.S. Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results

The U.S. military’s medical system is flooded with prescription drugs, and the condquences have been deadly for some soldiers.  By some estimates, over 300,000 troops have come back from Iraq or Afghanistan with PTSD, depression, or a traumatic brain injury.  The Pentagon has turned to drugs to treat these complex problems.

But these drugs, which include psychiatric medications and narcotic painkillers, are being increasingly linked to problems themselves, including dependency, suicide and fatal accidents.

The New York Times reports:

“An Army report on suicide released last year documented the problem, saying one-third of the force was on at least one prescription medication ... [G]iven the depth of the medical problems facing combat veterans, as well as the medical system’s heavy reliance on drugs, few experts expect the widespread use of multiple medications to decline significantly anytime soon.”

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