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House Committee Report Signals Concern About Prescription Drugs in the Military

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations says in a report that it is concerned about the growing use of prescription pain medications in the military, which is leading to dependency among service members. Prescriptions of pain management drugs are handled inconsistently at military medical treatment facilities, according to the report.

Commentary: Army Takes Steps to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Following a 2010 report on health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention in the Army that cites prescription drug abuse as a growing issue, the Army is making changes to reduce the misuse of prescription pain medications.

Illinois Program Helps Addicted Veterans in Recovery-Home Setting

An Illinois man who has battled addiction himself has set up a program to help addicted veterans in a recovery-home setting.

Veterans’ Program Integrating Smoking Cessation With PTSD Treatment Expands

A program for veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) that integrates smoking cessation into mental health care, which was found effective in a study published last year, is now being used in six Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers around the country.

New Veterans Drug Court in Miami-Dade County Part of Nationwide Movement

Miami-Dade County, which has started a new court program designed for veterans with drug problems, joins a growing nationwide movement of courts for veterans.

‘Spice’ and Other Synthetic Drugs Take Toll on Military

Synthetic drugs known as spice, K2 and bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine and marijuana, are a growing problem in the military, according to an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Veterans with Mental Illness Have High Rates of Substance Use Disorders

Veterans with mental illness often also struggle with substance use disorders, according to a study of records from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Drawing Vets In—Without Alcohol

Newer veterans’ groups are addressing alcohol abuse among young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by holding alcohol-free meetings.

Over 700,000 Young Teens Drink Alcohol; Most Get It From Home

A new analysis of four years of government data shows that most underage youth get alcohol from home, and about a third were given it by their parents or guardians, according to a Feb. 17 press release from the Substance…

Vast Majority of Americans Unaware of Improvements in Mental Health Coverage

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which went into effect in Jan. 2011, mandates that insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Yet, according to a American Psychological Association survey, only 10 percent of Americans have even heard of the law.

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