Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Steroid use in the Army has been on the rise amid a prolonged period of warfare

Sad, and very disturbing......
One Ranger veteran told the Seattle Times that several members of his unit were “juicing” while in Iraq in 2005, including a squad leader. The Ranger veteran said he also intended to take steroids but forgot his doses back at Lewis-McChord, so he took them upon his return.
“While I was doing them, I doubled in (muscular) size,” the veteran said.
SEATTLE: Just weeks before his battalion of 700 soldiers departed for Afghanistan last year, Lieutenant-Colonel Burton Shields had a disconcerting visit from an army investigator.
The agent said several soldiers under Colonel Shields' command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord had admitted to illegal use of steroids.

These drugs can raise the risk of high blood pressure, heart and liver disease, and side effects can include mood swings, irritability and increased aggression, which can be a volatile attribute for soldiers headed off to battle.

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