Report Calls Military Misuse of Alcohol, Drugs a ‘Crisis’
Alcohol and substance misuse among U.S. military personnel is now a "public health crisis" that officials must address, according to a new Institute of Medicine report. The report -- requested by the Department of Defense -- also found that existing strategies to identify, treat and prevent substance use disorders are outdated and ineffective.
- "Study: Military Drinking 'Culture' Now a 'Crisis'" (Jelinek, AP/Sacramento Bee, 9/17).
- "Health Panel: Pentagon Must Combat Troops' Drug, Alcohol Abuse" (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 9/17).
- "Report Faults Military's Strategies on Drug and Alcohol Abuse" (Dao, "At War," New York Times, 9/17).