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It is time to face substance abuse in the military

Materials are outdated, services understaffed and the approach is ineffective

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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:45 pm

The military might employ some of the world’s most up-to-date weapon systems, but it’s stuck in the past when it comes to preventing and treating substance abuse.

That’s the conclusion of a new Institute of Medicine report released this week. It says that abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs among service members and their families is a “public health crisis” and contributes to the record rate of suicide within the ranks. But the services are often dealing with that crisis in outmoded ways.

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