More than 110,000 active-duty US Army forces were on prescribed antidepressants, sedatives, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety drugs and other prescribed medication in 2011, which reflects an eight-fold increase from 2005, a new report said.
An article published by the Los Angeles Times quoted Bart Billings, a former military psychologist as saying "We have never medicated our troops to the extent we are doing now.... And I don't believe the current increase in suicides and homicides in the military is a coincidence,"
US military officials claim that the use of drugs in the army is comparable to that by the civilians.
However, psychiatrists and lawyers, who blame the heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems, believe otherwise, attributing the abnormal conduct to harsh conditions imposed by the US-led wars.
Source: LA Times, edited by moqawama.org