The Army’s Fort Stewart installation has a notorious drug problem that won’t seem to go away.
Soldiers have come forward anonymously to speak out about what is happening at their installation.
A group of soldiers told the local news they discovered two of their fellow soldiers unconscious in their barracks rooms, one without a pulse.
They told the local reporter they thought the two soldiers had taken Percocet but was discovered to be a man-made substance.
The reporter claims the soldiers said substance abuse is common in the barracks and they believe it is due to mental health struggles and substandard housing conditions.
“It has a lot to do with the desperation and the depression that’s caused by the barracks and the housing,” a soldier said.
“The substance abuse program…it needs to be taken more seriously,” another soldier said.
One of the soldiers who overdosed allegedly failed a drug test prior to the overdose but had not been able to start substance abuse treatment because of an upcoming field training.
Soldiers also say they fear the punishment associated with coming forward about drug use.
“The first reaction from the first soldier to OD…his reaction was ‘I don’t want to go to the hospital because of the consequences of doing drugs.’ He was more afraid of what the company was going to do to him administratively instead of his own life,” a third soldier said.
“According to a report published by the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense in February, Fort Stewart ranked among military bases with the most deaths due to drug overdose,” according to WSAV.
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