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Speed and downers are commonly issued to American forces, according to the Toronto Star (Sept 14th, 2002). An investigation report into an incident earlier this year when a US Air Force pilot in Afghanistan attacked friendly forces, revealed that Major Harry Schmidt had been issued "go pills" shortly before dropping a laser guided bomb on a company of Canadian Light Infantry, killing four soldiers and wounding another eight.
'war on drugs' becomes 'war ON drugs'
One of the findings was that "The 332nd Air Expeditionary Group was not managing and monitoring go pill usage (according to) United States Air Force directives". Pilots are routinely given the stimulant Dexedrine, generically known as dextroamphetamine, to stay alert during long combat missions. They are also given "no go pills" called Ambien (zolpidem) and Restoril (temazepam) in order to sleep when they return to base.
Schmidt, nicknamed "Psycho" by his comrades, had been cleared for amphetamine use that night and had taken 10 mg less than an hour before dropping the bomb, having mistaken flashes from the Canadian soldiers' live ammunition exercise as anti-aircraft fire. However the report found that the Canadians were firing their weapons parallel to the ground and that even bullet ricochets would not have come close to his plane. Schmidt refused to be interviewed by the investigators, but claimed in a written statement that he had fired in self-defence.
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