Accidental overdoses alarm military officials

By Andrew Tilghman and Brendan McGarry – Staff writers
Posted : Wednesday Jun 9, 2010 10:24:51 EDT

At least 32 soldiers and Marines assigned to their services’ most-supervised medical units for wounded troops have died of accidental prescription drug overdoses since 2007.

The 30 soldiers and two Marines overdosed while under the care of special Army Warrior Transition Units or the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, created three years ago to tightly focus care and attention on troops suffering from severe physical and psychiatric problems as a result of combat.

Most of the troops had been prescribed “drug cocktails,” combinations of drugs including painkillers, sleeping pills, antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, interviews and records show. In all cases, suicide was ruled out.

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One response to “Accidental overdoses alarm military officials

  1. I can believe this. When a friend of mine, that just got out of the Army, stopped by on his way home I could hardly believe the drugs they had him on.

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