Vets Still Having Problems Getting Medical Cannabis
Vets Still Having Problems Getting Medical Cannabis with Eric Goepel. It’s Veterans Day and nearly a third of the country now has access to some form of legal marijuana, yet military vets are still being left out of the equation. Why?
The VA does not permit its physicians to recommend, and in some cases discuss, medical marijuana to veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, opioid addiction, etc. arguing that cannabis is a Schedule l drug. Eric Goepel, founder, and CEO of the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, finds that situation untenable especially in view of the fact that VA physicians regularly recommend various forms of opioids for chronic pain and benzodiazepines for anxiety, which is often related to post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, and suicide. Indeed studies have shown that Xanax and Valium are tied to higher suicide risk, especially among those suffering from PTSD.
Extremely High Suicide Rates among Military Vets
According to a VA report from 2019, about 17 veterans were dying by suicide each day, a rate 1.5 times higher than for non-veterans. If the VA knows this, asks Eric Goepel, why do they continue to prescribe dangerous benzos to veterans suffering from PTSD? “Then, when the suicides occur, these officials stand back and say that the two are not connected. If the government and the VA really wanted to help veterans, they should be pursuing and researching cannabis as a safe and viable option,” Goepel said.
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