Monday, June 9, 2008

Bullets, Helmets, Xanax and Prozac

Time magazine's cover story this week is a growing number of our troops are turning to some sort of "therapeutic" medication such as Ambien, Xanax and Prozac. Said Time, Data contained in the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicate that, according to an anonymous survey of U.S. troops taken last fall, about 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope. Escalating violence in Afghanistan and the more isolated mission have driven troops to rely more on medication there than in Iraq, military officials say.

I'm fine with giving our troops whatever they need to do their jobs. (I would of course prefer to prescribe peace).

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