USA: Last year, over 110,000 active-duty US Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs

Air Force pilot
Patrick Burke with his wife, Elise, and their son, Jackson. In a drunk driving and auto theft case last year,
the Air Force pilot was found not guilty "by reason of lack
of mental responsibility" -- a result of the prescription drugs he'd taken. 
(Burke Family Photo, Burke Family Photo. / January 21, 2012)
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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