Roughly 7 out of 10 veterans that committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Dept of Veterans Affairs study, so its a long lasting problem.
There have been more than 6,500 suicides since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars says Army Times—one every 80 minutes according to a 2012 Veterans Affairs report. Thirty percent of military personnel who kill themselves have never deployed and 60 percent have not seen combat say published reports, leading to the suspicion that the excessive administration of psychoactive drugs in the military is the culprit.
Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants, all of which carry suicide warnings, are recommended in the Guide as “ﬁrst line medications for PTSD pharmacotherapy in men and women with military-related PTSD.” Between 2001 and 2009, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil and 12,047 for Cymbalta were dispensed according to Tricare data.
Prescriptions for anticonvulsants like Topamax and Neurontin, which also carry suicide warnings, rose 56 percent in the same group, says Navy Times. And the use of antipsychotics like Zyprexa, Seroquel and Risperdal which also carry suicide warnings? Seroquel leapt by 700 percent in active duty troops from 2001 through 2009 reported the New York Times.
It appears that Big Pharma does nicely from conflict.