Senator Benjamin Cardin (D- Md.) is leading the discussion on the prescription of anti-depressants to our troops in the field. Senator Cardin has ordered the Department of Defense to compile a report on the estimated number and percentage of troops who have been prescribed antidepressants since June 2005.
There is a fear that antidepressants are being prescribed to help troops cope with multiple deployments and stress with little medical supervision. Such medical supervision may not be available to those who are on the move in a combat zone.
The suicide rate for the troops has been climbing since the wars began. A statement from Senator Cardin’s website reads, “We can take steps to limit multiple deployments and extended separations, but we also must work to remedy the strains and deteriorating mental health of so many of our combat troops.”
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