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    Malaria Madness: UK Defense Ministry Gave Mind Warping Drug to Soldiers

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    British and US medical experts have accused the UK Defense Ministry of administering soldiers the anti-malarial drug Lariam, ignoring its dozens of psychiatric side effects, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) In November, the Commons Defense Select Committee announced an investigation into the use of Lariam in the UK armed forces. On Tuesday, the committee held an evidence session on the case.

    The Independent reported, citing a former senior army officer and malaria expert, Lt. Col. Ashley Croft, who was speaking at the evidence session, as saying that Lariam had 27 neuro-psychiatric side effects.

    Croft began studying the effects of the drug on soldiers deployed to Kenya around 20 years ago. He told the committee that a third of army personnel who had taken the drug had reported severe side effects, including hallucinations and suicidal thoughts, according to the newspaper.

    A Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that 994 army personnel had required psychiatric treatment since 2008 after taking the drug. In Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United States Lariam is either prohibited or used as a last resort treatment.

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