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|British Troops get 'Stay-Awake' Pills|
- Afghan and Iraq wars fed by Provigil
THE BRITISH army has bought thousands of pounds worth of stay-awake drugs for its troops, a report in The Guardian newspaper has revealed.
In normal life, Provigil is used to treat severe sleeping problems but for the military it is thought the drug is used to help keep troops awake for long periods.
5,000 Provigil pills were bought just before the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and another 4,000 before the invasion of Iraq in 2002.
The Defence Medical Supplies Agency puts Provigil under the 'sustain UK military capability' heading in its reports, which reveal a total of UKP43,000 has been spent on the drug.