The Army has a huge suicide problem. In July, the number of soldiers who killed themselves (38) amounted to more than double the number from the previous month; that was also the highest one-month tally since the military began keeping suicide records. That brings this year’s total suicides for active-duty soldiers to 116 so far, and doesn’t even account for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

To address the rampant problem, the Pentagon is investing $3 million for doctors at the University of Indiana to develop a new solution: A nasal spray that, hopefully, will keep depressed soldiers from making irrational decisions.

Could a nasal spray lower the Army’s suicide rate? Here’s how it works…

(Source:, via npr)

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