Prescription Drugs and Accidental Overdoses Among Troops
Some people love the New York Times. Others, not so much. My mother-in-law calls it "the toilet paper". But on Sunday, the Times had a pretty great investigative piece on accidental prescription drug overdoses by members of the military. It seems too many troops are dying who are on prescription drugs prescribed to treat ailments they received while deployed overseas:
A lot of these drugs have side effects that affect your memory, so it's a little too easy to forget if you've already taken your dose. It also sounds like there's some self-medicating going on with illegally obtained drugs. Dr. Martin Paulus, a psychiatrist at the V.A. San Diego Medical Center, tells the Times that some soldiers are getting prescription drugs, like Methadone, that haven't been prescribed to them. He says:
This article is heartbreaking, but a must-read for anyone with a loved one in the military.