Because we want our soldiers, combat pilots, naval commanders and others holding implements of destruction to be high as kites, right?
“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 by the U.S. Army surgeon general. Nearly 8 percent of the active-duty Army is now on sedatives and more than 6 percent is on antidepressants ”“ an eightfold increase since 2005.”
The link also tells the tales of a B1 bomber pilot exonerated from charges of assault and auto theft after going on a rampage following an amphetamine-fuelled 19 hour flight, as well as the young Marine who died from the toxic interactions of the several medications he’d been prescribed.
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