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What’s the drug of choice among returning veterans?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Alcohol

Unfortunately the old stand-by, alcohol, is still #1 with veterans.
Many have exposure to pain medications like ocycontin and some have a problem with marijuana. But alcohol is the biggie.

In brief: Alcohol

Unfortunately the old stand-by, alcohol, is still #1 with veterans.
Many have exposure to pain medications like ocycontin and some have a problem with marijuana. But alcohol is the biggie.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
True, and war veterans also tend to be binge drinkers; PTSD complicates the picture. Overall, about 2 out of 10 vets with PTSD have substance abuse problems. With the more recent conflicts, that number rises to 1 out of 10. In addition, the number of veterans who smoke is double than that of veterans without the diagnosis. Not surprisingly, drugs and/or alcohol tend to make PTSD symptoms worse.
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