About 1 in 10 Iraq veterans develops a serious case of PTSD, researchers say

An LA Times article by Karen Kaplan states the new stats on Sodiers returning from Iraq with PTSD. One in ten returning soldiers have “serious impairment” caused by PTSD.

The more controversial part of the article, that the headline does not allude to, are the drug treatments that might be effective:

A study released this year found that soldiers who received morphine within the first few hours of a painful combat injury were 50% less likely to develop PTSD than those who didn’t get the powerful analgesic. A hypertension drug called prazosin has also been shown to reduce nightmares in vets with PTSD.

Do you think these drug treatments can actually help returning soldiers heal from the pain of combat?

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