Many combat veterans use prescription narcotics

June 30, 2014 8:01 PM

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Many combat veterans use prescription narcotics

The rate of narcotic prescription use among U.S. troops coming out of combat is more than three times the rate for civilians and more than 44% of service members complain of chronic pain lasting longer than three months, according to military research released Monday.

"The biggest message is that war is hard on the body," says Robin Toblin, a research psychology and lead of the study with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

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