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Reproduced with permission of the American Psychiatric Association @2014.
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A report from the National Institute of Health states that since there is a zero tolerance illicit drug policy in the military, the use of these substances is lower than it is for civilians. However, the use of prescription drugs is higher in the military than in the civilian population. Those with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at greatest risk of developing substance use problems. They are more apt to engage in new-onset heavy weekly drinking and binge drinking, to suffer alcohol- and other drug-related problems, and to have greater prescribed use of behavioral health medications (NIH on Drug Abuse, DrugFacts: Substance Abuse in the Military Revised March 2013).
The recent increase in military suicides is the result of untreated mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder) and substance abuse rather than combat experience / number of deployments, according to an August 2013 study in JAMA. One in four veterans were diagnosed with PTSD in 2008; about 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets suffer from PTSD or major depression. An estimated 22 veterans committed suicide in America each day of 2010, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.