• AZ Daily Star
NORFOLK, Va. - A group of U.S. senators has raised concern that the use of antidepressants and other prescription drugs for treatment of mental disorders is on the rise in the military, particularly among troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who led the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee hearing in Washington this week, said the apparent increase in prescriptions is "on its face, pretty astounding and troubling."
Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., who has been speaking out for months about the rise in prescribed drugs and how they may be harmful to younger soldiers, said at the hearing that the military needs to examine whether increased use of medicines has any link to an increase in military suicides.
Department of Defense statistics show that from 2005 to 2008, "there was a 400 percent increase in the prescription of antidepressants and other drugs used to treat anxiety," Cardin said. And a 2007 Army report showed that about 12 percent of co
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