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Prescription drug use on rise in US army

Source:presstv.ir
Date:17/02-2011

Over 300,000 returning US veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have reported post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries and depression.

To treat these patients, military doctors are now more widely using psychiatric drugs compared to the previous wars, Press TV correspondent Rhonda Pence reported from Washington.

The widespread reliance on medications is associated with problems such as drug dependency, fatal accidents and suicide among these individuals.

The availability of prescription drugs is also responsible for the growing rate of substance abuse, particularly opiates, among military officials. Stockpiling drugs are also a common source of overdoses among American soldiers.

Recreational drug use in the military can also have fatal consequences. Last year, five US soldiers, who had taken Hashish, confessed to the ruthless murder of three innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

Latest figures revealed that military spending on psychiatric drugs stood at USD 280 million in 2010 -- double the total in 2001.