Thursday, March 14, 2013

Soldiers and Suicide: 25 Disturbing Facts

     The tragic reality is that stimulants, antidepressants, anti-psychotics, sedatives and pain meds are the new "fuel" for America's front-line forces. Instead of providing actual health care and treatment when soldiers return home, the government throws pills at them and calls it therapy. And the results? Here is a short list:
  1. Only 1 percent of Americans have served in the Middle East, but veterans of combat there make up 20% of all suicides in the United States;
  2. The number of prescriptions for Ritalin and Adderall written for active-duty soldiers has increased 1,000% in the last five years;
  3. Under the Obama administration, the number of veterans waiting for VA care has risen from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 today;
  4. There are now over 8,000 suicides each year by U.S. soldiers and veterans; that's over 22 a day;
  5. For every active-duty service member who dies in battle, 25 veterans die by suicide;
  6. To date, the Pentagon has spent more than a billion dollars on psychiatric drugs, making it one of the largest single customers of Big Pharma.
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