Exclusive: The Lariam scandal - MoD ‘ignored decades of warnings about dangers of suicide drug’
Jonathan OwenThousands of British soldiers are being put at increased risk of psychosis and suicide because the Ministry of Defence refuses to stop using a controversial anti-malarial drug that has just been banned by the US military, The Independent can reveal.
Mefloquine – better known as Lariam – has long been the subject of warnings over its effects on mental health and is now only used by a minority of people travelling abroad.
Amid mounting concerns about the dangers of the drug – which has been linked with a string of suicides and murders – the US military acted this month to ban its use among special forces. The decision came after it was linked to the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier.
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"Exclusive: The Lariam scandal - MoD ‘ignored decades of warnings about dangers of suicide drug’", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2013. Consulté le 23/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/exclusive-the-lariam-scandal-mod-ignored-decades-of-warnings-about-dangers-of-suicide-drug-