Tuesday, November 17, 2015

PTSD Veterans Turn to ICE in Australia

Young military veterans turn to drugs to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, Senate inquiry hears
ABC News Australia
By Political Reporter Tom Iggulden
November 17, 2015

Young Australian military veterans struggling with mental illness after active service are increasingly turning to the drug ice to cope, a Senate inquiry will hear on Wednesday.

Homes for Heroes program director Geoff Evans told AM ice had become a problem for returned servicemen.

The Homes for Heroes program offers 79 places to homeless veterans, whose struggle with mental illness on their return from duty usually results in a dependence on drugs or alcohol.

Mr Evans will give evidence to the inquiry into veterans' homelessness.

"It is a very different drug to alcohol, because it involves a degree of psychosis and addiction that we just have not dealt with before," he said.
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