June 12, 2023

Fentanyl has taken a record toll on the Army. Families demand answers.

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists: Kyle Rempfer, Meryl Kornfield, Steven Rich

Katherine Kuzminski, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said that while a civilian organization might view drug use from a more compassionate lens, it is more difficult for the military services to acknowledge because it is a break in the rigorous standards they must maintain for uniformity and security reasons.

“It comes down to a readiness issue,” Kuzminski said. “If someone is using illicit drugs in the military, that affects their performance, if they die of an overdose or even if there’s a traumatic event that they survive, the impact on the unit is pretty intense.”

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  • Katherine L. Kuzminski

    Deputy Director of Studies, Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Katherine L. Kuzminski (formerly Kidder) is the Deputy Director of Studies, and the Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) Program at CNAS. Her research special...