Study: Military drinking 'culture' no...

Study: Military drinking 'culture' now a 'crisis'

There are 2 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Sep 17, 2012, titled Study: Military drinking 'culture' now a 'crisis'. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Abusing alcohol and drugs has been part of military culture historically: troops do it for fun, to ease the stresses of war or to be part of the brotherhood.

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High Springs, FL

#1 Sep 18, 2012
Drinking at a young age in the military has always been. The biggest problem we have is the mind drugging of the American troops by the mental heath industry. As you are aware there is Republican political overtones since the Bush Jr presidency and Rumsfield. Clear caution should be used in beleiving any study or research involving the Mental Health Industry or any of the social engineering groups representing out fighting men and woman.

Methodone was used in the mind drugging of the civilian population for addiction to drinking.

Soldier Cases

Public cases

Death, violence, erratic behavior and the suicide by mind drugs

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

Marine Corporal Michael Cataldi woke as he heard the truck rumble past.

He opened his eyes, but saw nothing. It was the middle of the night, and he was facedown in the sands of western Iraq. His loaded M16 was pinned beneath him.

Cataldi had no idea how he'd gotten to where he now lay, some 200 meters from the dilapidated building where his buddies slept. But he suspected what had caused this nightmare: His Klonopin prescription had run out.

His ordeal was not all that remarkable for a person on that anti-anxiety medication. In the lengthy labeling that accompanies each prescription, Klonopin users are warned against abruptly stopping the medicine, since doing so can cause psychosis, hallucinations, and other symptoms. What makes Cataldi's story extraordinary is that he was a U. S. Marine at war, and that the drug's adverse effects endangered lives — his own, his fellow Marines', and the lives of any civilians unfortunate enough to cross his path.

"It put everyone within rifle distance at risk," he says.

In deploying an all-volunteer army to fight two ongoing 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 troubled minds. And many of those service members are then sent back to war theaters in distant lands with bottles of medication to fortify them.

According to data from a U. S. Army mental-health survey released last year, about 12 percent of soldiers in Iraq and 15 percent of those in Afghanistan reported taking antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or sleeping pills. Prescriptions for painkillers have also skyrocketed. Data from the Department of Defense last fall showed that as of September 2007, prescriptions for narcotics for active-duty troops had risen to almost 50,000 a month, compared with about 33,000 a month in October 2003, not long after the Iraq war began.
Michael Mann

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Sep 28, 2012
Maybe the substance and alcohol abuse has something to do with our soldiers finding it difficult to deal with the things they have done in the countries we have invaded and occupy. Like ex-GI’s Tony Lagouranis and Stephen Lewis, both military interrogators while stationed in Iraq, who discovered that soldiers were merely “rounding up whoever was on the street, trying to gather confessions, not intelligence.” Lagouranis said he saw people crippled through prolonged use of the stress positions, and driven to the verge of insanity through “enhanced interrogation” methods. Or like US marine Ross Caputi, who came to “understand that I was the aggressor, and that the resistance fighters in Fallujah were defending their city.”

Caputi continued,“These people [Iraqis] have been dehumanized, their God-given right to self-defense has been delegitimized, their resistance has been reframed as terrorism, and US soldiers have been sent to kill them.” So, given what our military is doing in countries we have illegally invaded and occupy, should it surprise us that their use of alcohol and drugs has reached a crisis level, or that suicides are the No. 2 cause of death in military?

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