Painkiller Epidemic Update: Troops in Iraq Popping More Painkillers

10% of Army soldires have abuse painkillers in the last 12 months.

10% of Army soldiers have abused painkillers in the last 12 months.

Narcotic painkillers, according to an article in USA Today, are the most abused drugs in the military. The article states that scripts for painkillers, written for injured U.S. troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began.

“Narcotic painkillers [are] the most abused drug in the military.” -2005 Army Survey

In a 2005 Survey of Army soldiers, “4% admitted abusing prescription narcotics in the previous 30 days,” while “10% admitted abusing prescription narcotics in the last 12 months”.

The even more troubling fact is that researchers have said the results may have been skewed by respondents mistakenly referring to the legal use of pain medication. In other words, these numbers probably don’t include painkiller abusers without valid prescriptions.

If you think all of these painkillers are being used and abused to combat pain… you may be right. But not for the physical pain you are thinking of, more likely soldiers turn to these powerful narcotics to cope with the mental and moral anguish that comes with war.

More on troops and painkillers from USA Today:

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*View other Painkiller Epidemic Updates on SWALLOW.

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2 Responses to “Painkiller Epidemic Update: Troops in Iraq Popping More Painkillers”

  1. Rusty Says:

    I am a Gulf War Vet and i still use Painkillers along with Paxil and LITHUM to cope with mind pain. Great article

  2. swallowed Says:

    Rusty, we all owe you guys so much. I truly hope things improve for you.

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