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The Fog of Drugs and War: Polysubstance-Induced (and Well-Armed) Delirium

by Abby Zimet


With suicide, homicide and stress levels soaring in a military stretched to breaking by multiple deployments, the L.A. Times takes a scary in-depth look at soldiers who are increasingly medicated, zoned out and hyped up on prescription psychotropics - drugs that before Iraq would have kept them out of combat, or even the military. Last year, over 110,000 active-duty Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs - an eightfold increase since 2005 - with many sent out carting 180 days' worth of medications, allowing them to trade with friends or grab a fistful of pills when stress calls.


 

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