Pills often more deadly than war for U.S. troops

More sad news about prescription drug addiction among U.S. soldiers: even if they survive war, they often don’t survive the dangers of potent painkillers like OxyContin, according to this article in the New York Times. The military’s medical system is awash in prescription drugs, leading to a rising tide of drug dependency, suicide and fatal accidents, the article says. Prescription drugs were involved in one-third of the record 162 suicides by active-duty soldiers in 2009, and an additional 101 soldiers died accidentally from the toxic mixing of pills from 2006 to 2009, according to the article.

Read more about prescription addiction among American troops here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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