Sunday, May 24, 2009

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

In deploying an all-volunteer army to fight two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has increasingly relied on prescription drugs to keep its warriors on the front lines. In recent years, the number of military prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills, and painkillers has risen as soldiers come home with battered bodies and minds. A truly frightening scenario - and a mirror also of the drug-dependent society the USA has become.

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