((In 2009 there were 239 suicides within the Army, including the Reserves, 160 active duty suicides, 146 active duty deaths from drug overdoses and high-risk behavior, and 1,713 suicide attempts, says the Armys suicide report released in July.
More troops are dying from their own hands than in combat, says the Army report, titled Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention. Thirty-six percent of the suicides were among troops who were never deployed.
Also astonishing is the psychoactive prescription drug rate among active duty-aged troops, aged 18 to 34, which is up 85 percent since 2003, according to the military health plan, Tricare. Including family prescriptions, since 2001, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft have been dispensed, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil, and 12,047 for Cymbalta. All of the drugs carry a suicide-warning label.
In addition to the spike in SSRI antidepressant prescriptions, prescriptions for the anticonvulsants Topamax and Neurontin rose 56 percent in the same group since 2005, says Navy Times. The FDA warned last year that taking these drugs doubles suicidal thinking.
In fact, 4,994 troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., are on antidepressants right now, says the Fayetteville Observer. Six hundred and sixty-four are on an antipsychotic and many soldiers take more than one type of medication.
Troops may also be taking Chantix, an antismoking drug so linked to violence and self-harm that Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake was forced to defend its use before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in 2008 even in drug trials.))
They do this even when these guys are on the battlefield...and they give them uppers to keep them alert and on edge.
I have been fighting this fight for a long time. NO ONE LISTENS.
The suicide warnings on psychoactive medication should be looked at very closely and why aren’t they?
The drugs, which are a Huge part of this equation, are garbage. Everyone in the industry knows it, and lies about it or issues a “No Comment”.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/5/genera_evelyn_p_080122_jury_trials_in_2008_.htm 70% driving impaired
John Breeding on youtube
Antidepressants do more harm than good
tardive dysphoria/chronic ssri use
check his blogroll
Brain Damage neuroleptics
Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics (1990)
“Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics: Evidence, Etiology, Implications.” Journal of Mind Behavior 11:425-464, 1990.
Everything was fine. Marriage good, finances good, work going very well, feeling good with God, nothing haunting me, but I wanted to end it. Thank God I thought about everything and questioned "Why?, everything is really good!"
Then I realized the only thing different was the meds. I stopped taking them and was back on an even keel two days later.
It sure surprised me.
I'd rather hurt a little than be in that frame of mind, any day.
Consider, too, I really did not have any problems--which to me only emphasizes the danger of an unforseen side effect.