Category results for "Military"

Military Limits Use of Antipsychotic Medications to Treat Soldiers with PTSD

The U.S. military is limiting the use of certain antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel for treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). These drugs, used to treat severe mental illness, are sometimes prescribed in lower doses to relieve symptoms of PTSD and anxiety. When they are mixed with other prescriptions, however, they can be dangerous and even deadly.

Researchers Use Virtual Gaming Technology to Treat Veterans’ Substance Abuse

Researchers at Duke University are using virtual gaming technology to treat substance abuse in veterans. Through a computer-generated environment, they are testing former soldiers with temptations, including alcohol and drugs.

Air Force Designates Many Areas, Including Hospitals and Clinics, as Smoke Free

Under new Air Force rules, smoking is no longer permitted in many areas on base, including hospitals, clinics, parking lots, sidewalks and playgrounds.

U.S. Military’s Heavy Use of Psychotropic Drugs Gains Attention

In a small but increasing number of cases, lawyers defending soldiers are blaming the U.S. military’s heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients’ abnormal behavior and related health issues, according to the Los Angeles Times.

U.S. Soldiers Find Ways to Get Hands on Alcohol in Afghanistan Despite Ban

American soldiers can find ways to get their hands on alcohol in Afghanistan, despite a ban by the U.S. military, according to the Associated Press.

Army Postpones Expansion of Confidential Alcohol Treatment Program

The Army has decided to postpone expansion of its confidential alcohol treatment program for almost three years, citing a high dropout rate in its pilot phase.

U.S. Military to Include Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs in Testing Program

The U.S. military services will expand their drug testing programs to include commonly abused prescription drugs beginning on May 1.

Veterans With Psychiatric Disorders More Likely to Receive Opioids for Pain

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric disorders are more likely than veterans without mental health issues to receive prescription opioids for pain, according to a new study.

Navy and Marines Will Introduce Random Alcohol Breath Tests

The Navy and Marines announced they will start conducting random alcohol breath tests as part of a larger initiative to improve health and safety.

Marines May Be Required to Take Breathalyzer Tests

Marines may be required to take Breathalyzer tests as part of an overall wellness program expected to be announced by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

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