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Young Veteran Suicides Top Accidental Death and Suicides of Active Duty Troops

soldiers-suicideIf you don’t have any family or friends that have actually been to war, trust me when I tell you it changes a person.  Many of the I personally know are heavy drinkers, smokers, and other things so it doesn’t surprise me that many are over medicating and/or committing suicide.

Studies show that veterans ages 18-24 enrolled in the ’s health program killed themselves at a rate of per 100,000 in 2009 and nearly 80 per 100,000 in 2011. Non-veterans of the same age had a suicide rate during 2009 and 2010 of about 20 per 100,000, according to data from the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

CBS News obtained VA data through a records request which show the number of prescriptions written by VA doctors and nurse practitioners during the past . The number of patients treated by VA is up 29 percent, but narcotics prescriptions are up 259 percent. A dozen VA physicians who’ve worked at 15 VA medical centers told us they’ve felt pressured by administrators to prescribe narcotics and that patients are not being properly monitored. — Veterans from overmedication: CBS News, 10 October 2013.

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