They Take What?

U.S. Com­bat Pilots on Speed is scary. I know per­fect­ly well that stim­u­lants have long been used in the mil­i­tary, but why the hell are they still using amphet­a­mines when modafinil is avail­able? Yes, it’s damned expensive—but it can’t be more expen­sive than los­ing peo­ple and equip­ment to the poor judg­ments of pilots hopped up on speed. Or hell, just the phys­i­cal and men­tal costs of hav­ing pilots and oth­er sol­diers using amphet­a­mines reg­u­lar­ly, which def­i­nite­ly is NOT healthy—and that’s before you get to the addic­tion issues.

And I thought the U.S. mil­i­tary was already using modafinil, but maybe John Ringo was well ahead of the curve in whichev­er of the Posleen books it was that men­tioned it. I remem­ber it because I take the stuff myself, to deal with the fatigue that comes with chron­ic pain.

Cur­rent Mood: 😯shocked
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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