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(NaturalNews) The U.S. Army is attempting to avoid hiring and training new soldiers by instead medicating increasingly stressed and traumatized deployed soldiers with antidepressants and sleeping pills, according to an article published in TIME magazine.
According to Army statistics, 12 percent of combat troops in Iraq and 17 percent of combat troops in Afghanistan are taking authorized psychiatric prescription drugs. Approximately half of these are taking sleeping medication, while the other half are taking antidepressants - mostly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac or Zoloft.
If usage rates in other armed service branches are similar, this translates into 20,000 combat soldiers taking psychiatric drugs.