FOXNews.com – Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets
Pentagon statistics obtained by FoxNews.com show that the number of Army soldiers enrolled in Substance Abuse Program counseling for opiates has soared nearly 500 percent — from 89 in 2004 to 529 last year. The number showed a steady increase almost every year in that time frame — but it leaped 50 percent last year when the U.S. began surging troops into Afghanistan. Army troop levels in Afghanistan went from 14,000 as of the end of 2004 to 46,400 as of the end of 2009.
So glad to hear that they’re seeking treatment. My cousin died from his IV drug habit after serving as a Marine scout-dog handler in Vietnam; at least two of his dogs were blown up in front of his face, which destroyed his peace of mind. Back then, PTSD was not recognized as a serious problem, and soldiers self-medicated with drugs when they shipped home.
I’m sure the quality of opiates they’re getting today in Afghanistan is, unfortunately, very high.
Thanks for this… –G
Sorry for your trouble. The junk was pretty good in Nam, too.