Substance abuse among Veterans
Taniya Trull/4th Period
Those with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at greatest risk of developing substance use problems (drugabuse.gov).
Just 2.3 percent of military personnel were past-month users of an illicit drug,compared with 12 percent of civilians (drugabuse.gov).
A policy of zero tolerance for drug use among DoD (Department of Defense) personnel is likely one reason why Illicit drug use has remained at a low level in the military for 2 decades (drugabuse.gov).
Ways of addressing the problem of substance use in the military:
- Increasing the use of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions and expanding access to care
- Broadening insurance coverage to include effective outpatient treatments and better equipping healthcare providers to recognize and screen substance use problems (drugabuse.gov).