“According to the wife of a combat veteran, Walter Reed Medical Center “handed out the pain pills like Chiclets.”
As more attention is paid to the rising rates of prescription painkiller addiction, there is one population that is often left out of the conversation. Military veterans are also at risk for prescription opioid addiction, yet their struggles can be overlooked and resources for them are not readily available. And while progress is being made, there is still much work to be done.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), misuse of prescription drugs is higher among members of the military than among civilians, and those rates are on the rise. NIDA reports that in 2008, 11% of service members reported misusing prescription drugs, which was up from just 2% in 2002 and 4% in 2005.”
Source: TheFix.com – December 7, 2017