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Bombing Hearing Highlights Military's Amphetamine Policy

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Bombing Hearing Highlights Military's Amphetamine Policy

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Bombing Hearing Highlights Military's Amphetamine Policy

Bombing Hearing Highlights Military's Amphetamine Policy

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The military gives small doses of amphetamines to fighter pilots who must endure long flights without sleep. The policy is based on research by the Air Force and Columbia University that shows small doses improve performance. But the use of the drugs has been called into question at a hearing for two pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian forces in Afghanistan. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.

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