* By Agence France-Presse *
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army’s surgeon general on Monday expressed concern about “over-medication” of soldiers returning from combat, saying the military is closely tracking how drugs are prescribed to troops.
The top medical officer in the army, Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, said the increasing use of prescription drugs for soldiers recovering from combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan reflected a wider trend in the country to treat pain primarily through medication.
But he told reporters: “I can tell you that we are concerned about over-medication.”
The general said that “we’re very concerned about the panoply of drugs that are being used and the numbers of drugs that are being used.”
“We are monitoring it very, very closely,” he said.
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