August 3, 2002


Friendly fire deaths linked to US pilots 'on speed' (Andrew Buncombe, 03 August 2002, The Independent uk)
American pilots in Afghanistan, blamed for a series of "friendly fire" incidents and devastating erroneous attacks on innocent civilians, were routinely provided with amphetamines to tackle fatigue and help them fly longer hours. Pilots were allowed to "self-regulate" their own doses and kept the drugs in their cockpits.

The pilots were provided with the stimulant Dexedrine, generically known as dextroamphetamine and referred to as a "go-pill" by the airmen, when they set off on missions. When they returned, doctors gave them sedatives or "no-go pills" to help them sleep. Pilots who refused to take the drugs could be banned from taking part in a mission.

I'm not sure why this would matter, since our combat forces have used amphetamines since at least WWII. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2002 5:53 AM
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