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Outdated approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse, barriers to care, and other problems hinder the U.S. Defense Department's ability to curb substance use disorders among military service members and their families, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Service members' rising rate of prescription drug addiction and their difficulty in accessing adequate treatment for alcohol and drug-related disorders were among the concerns that prompted members of Congress to request this review.
Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, provides an independent evaluation of how well the U.S. Department of Defense and the individual service branches are diagnosing, treating, and preventing alcohol and drug misuse and abuse among military service members.