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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.
Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
Those pharma drugs will be given to them for free, at least long enough to get them hooked and dependent. If they return home disabled they will at least get them at a discount. It might help a few from becoming alcoholics.
edit on 9-4-2012 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)
Almost one in ten Canadians (8.7%) reported the use of sedatives or tranquilizers in the past year, while only 0.5% of users (representing 0.05% of the total population) reported the use of sedatives for the experience, the feeling they caused, or to get high. The use of stimulants in the past year was reported by 1.0% of Canadians. The rate of abuse of stimulants is not reportable.
Several years ago, I got the impression that if a person has taken anti-depressants(not just diagnosed) they were ineligible for enlistment.
It made me wonder, even more, what the heck is in those pills that would make the service shun an applicant.
Originally posted by mee30
reply to post by usmc0311
Can i just ask you something? Did you not know that you were going in and attacking another country that had done nothing to your own? Please I don't want to come across as though I'm attacking you. I just genuinely want to understand why soldiers go to a war most other people know is unjustified and immoral.
Couldn't you have just told them to stick it? Couldn't you of refused?
I do want to commend you for doing the right thing now though and I'm glad you got off the drugs and are feeling better for it.