Prescription Drug Addiction Preventive Measures Taken by Army
The United States Army is taking steps to slow down the number of soldiers addicted to prescription drugs and all we can say is IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME! Prescription drug addiction has skyrocketed!
According to the Partnership at DrugFree.org
An article published at the Partnership at DrugFree.org says these new prescribing rules are getting ready to take effect on July 5th at Fort Campbell Kentucky. This new policy will change the way soldiers are prescribed drugs and how long they will be able to remain in them. These drugs will include prescriptions for benzodiazapene drugs like Xanax, Klonopin and Valium that are used to “treat” nervousness and sleeping difficulties, along with other potent prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and others that are highly addictive.
The Problem with Prescription Drug Addiction
This comes at time when prescription drug addiction is sweeping the nation and many of our nations military are getting hooked on these drugs and moving onto illicit street drugs to maintain the addiction. Military doctors and psychiatrist are prone to be script happy, and the number of prescriptions written has risen nearly 450% since 2001 according to the Department of Defense.
Many of these are disabled vets suffering from chronic pain. This adds to the number of drugs being prescribed in that pain relieving opiate drugs cause depression and anxiety. That coupled with the already dismal outlook many of the disabled vets have anti-depressants prescription drugs are in high demand. Prescription drug addiction in the military population is more than double that of the civilian population. Addiction treatment centers are filling up with those needing prescription drug addiction treatment.
The Rise of Addiction Cases
Drug rehabs across the country are seeing a significant number of addicts being treated for benzo’s, having risen 300% from 1998-2008. Many drug policy reform advocates promote legalizing drugs and eliminating the war on drugs. What they fail to realize is the most dangerous drugs we have today are legal drugs. Alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs and now many want to legalize marijuana. Prescription drug addiction is just one perfect example.