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Capitol Health Call
May 12, 2010

Military Medicating

JAMA. 2010;303(18):1801. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.566

Sen Jim Webb (D, Va) used a Senate Armed Services subcommittee meeting to alert lawmakers that more than 1 in 6 service members worldwide are taking one or more drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders, including antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, and anticonvulsants.

Webb, who chairs the Personnel Subcommittee, raised the alarming statistic during a March 24 hearing on the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request for the Military Health System's programs, policies, and initiatives. The data came from an investigation by the Military Times published March 17 (http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2010/03/military_psychiatric_drugs_031710w/).

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