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Substance Abuse in the Military

Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Although illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise.

Addressing Drug Abuse in the Armed Forces

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

November 2012

As we honor those who have served our country in uniform, we should keep in mind that service men and women are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Indeed, the unique culture of the military and the unique stresses of deployment during wartime create unique problems. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report on September 17, 2012, examining the state of substance use in the armed forces and making recommendations for how the military can enhance its prevention and treatment efforts.

Substance Abuse in Military Life

Brief Description

Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Although illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise. Learn more

Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.