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Drug Abuse in US Armed Forces

The reason why the US Armed Forces are so repetitively and systematically involved in “friendly fire” (when they bomb allied troops) or “collateral damage” (when they kill innocent civilians) incidents is now clear. Drugs.

The use of amphetamines seriously affects the consumer’s reasoning capacity when a split-second decision has to be taken.

One such drug is the amphetamine “Go”, containing the drug Dexedrine, produced by the laboratory GlaxoSmithKline, which issues clear warnings about the possible side effects of the drug in the information bulletin inside each box.

Some US war veterans have been involved in well-documented acts of murder, domestic violence and suicide since the Vietnam War. In December, a spate of such incidents was recorded, perpetrated by Afghanistan veterans. Some specialists claim that these actions are the result of the negative side effects provoked by drug abuse.

An unnamed US Army Officer declared to a journalist that “The USA keeps its military vehicles in better shape than the mental health of the soldiers”. Since the Second World War (Great Patriotic War), USAF pilots have taken dextroamphetamine, officially on a voluntary basis but there are claims that popping these “pep pills” has become institutionalised, if not compulsory.

John ASHTEAD PRAVDA.Ru LONDON UNITED KINGDOM