Stress And Substance Abuse

The mental health and substance abuse problems affecting returning troops and active law officers are getting attention in North Carolina.

Former U.S. drug czar and retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey is headlining a forum in Wilmington on Wednesday about how to combat these illnesses. U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre is also taking part.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the issue is how to treat active-duty and returning service members with mental health issues that may be accompanied by alcohol and drug abuse.

Law enforcement officers sometimes go through the same symptoms after years of stress and danger on the job.

The event is part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

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