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Prescription Drug Overdoses Overlooked Cause of Some Texas Veteran Deaths

For more than one-third of Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who died after leaving the military, the cause was a drug overdose, a deadly combination of drugs, or suicide, according to an investigation by the Austin American-Statesman.

Veterans Struggling With PTSD and Substance Abuse Face Increased Risk of Death

Veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse face an increased risk of death, a new study suggests.

Substance Abuse Among Military is Public Health Crisis, Report Says

Substance abuse among members of the U.S. military and their families has become a public health crisis, according to a new report. The Defense Department’s approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse are outdated, the report states.

Naval Academy Cracks Down on Alcohol Use with Breathalyzer Tests

The Naval Academy is using Breathalyzer tests to detect alcohol use in its students, known as midshipmen, the Marine Corps Times reports.

Research Shows Benefits of Combining Treatments for PTSD and Substance Abuse

A new study shows people who are treated for both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse have improved PTSD symptoms, without an increase in severity of substance dependence.

Some Veterans Coping with Drug Abuse, PTSD Lose Health Benefits

More than 20,000 U.S. veterans have left military service during the past four years with an other-than-honorable discharge, which can restrict their disability and veterans health care benefits, The Seattle Times reports. Many of these men and women are struggling with drug abuse and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Oklahoma Army Base Bans Synthetic Drug Called “Pump-It!”

Law enforcement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has prohibited a new synthetic drug called “Pump-It! Powder.” A warning issued at the Army installation notes the drug can cause convulsions, paranoia, chest pains or increased heart rate that can cause cardiac arrest.

Defense Department’s New Drug Testing Policy Raises Questions About Prescriptions

The Defense Department’s new drug testing policy is raising questions about what a valid prescription is, according to the Navy Times.

“Bath Salts” Gain Popularity Among Marines

“Bath salts” are the latest synthetic drug to gain popularity among Marines, a development that concerns health officials. The Marine Corps is already wrestling with synthetic marijuana, or Spice.

Substance Abuse a Top Non-Combat Medical Condition Leading to Soldier Hospitalization

Substance abuse is one of the top non-combat medical conditions that result in hospitalization for U.S. troops, according to a new Pentagon report.

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