Update: July 29, 2010- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD
Leading off the national news today was the latest report from the Army showing an alarmingly high rate of suicides. More deaths occurred from suicide and risky behavior than on the battlefield.
Previous reports have raised concern about the popularity of antidepressants in the military. The FDA has required warnings of suicide to be included in the labels of this class of drug. Meanwhile, the benefit of antidepressants has been raised into question as reports show that the negative drug trials were never published, thus skewing the body of literature. CurrentMedicine.TV described the details in a previous report.
December 1, 2009
Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) discusses his recent investigation into the high usage rate of antidepressants in the military. In many cases, the medications are administered in unsupervised battlefields. Coinciding with this is the soaring rate of suicide in the military.