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Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

In its written testimony for an April 30 congressional hearing, The American Legion shared two key points emerging from an online survey it conducted last February on veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

• Medication appears to be the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) front-line treatment reported by respondents

• A sizeable proportion of respondents reported prescriptions of up to 10 medications for PTSD/TBI across their treatment experiences.

The Legion’s testimony, “Overmedication: Problems and Solutions,” was submitted for a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing.

Results from the Legion’s survey, based on answers from more than 3,100 respondents, will be highlighted at its June 24 symposium in Washington: “Advancing Care and Treatment for Veterans with TBI and PTSD.” The event will also focus on complementary and alternative treatments for the two conditions.

Referring to anecdotal accounts of veterans struggling with the over-prescribing of medications, the Legion stated that TBI/PTSD treatments should “include alternative treatments and therapies, and they need to make them accessible to all veterans. If these alternative treatments and therapies are deemed effective, they should be made available and integrated into the veterans’ current health care….”

In 2010, The American Legion established a committee to investigate existing science and procedures for treating TBI and PTSD, including complementary and alternative methods. Its findings and recommendations were published in the September 2013 report, “The War Within.”

Click here to read The American Legion’s complete written testimony for the hearing.

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Michaelr

May 9, 2014 - 6:58am

Doesn't surprise anyone who's ever went the VA, my doctor starts yawning about two minutes into my exam.

Jose Corrales

May 8, 2014 - 6:39pm

I found out what PTSD was about 4 years ago,I am getting treatment now and my nightmares has been cut down 60% but I am well medicated,it all started by inspecting C-130H that came from Nam several times a month, I and another guy had to inspect the caskets and bags for contrabands,I never got over it and it don't appear in my military records. So there goes my claim.

Janereo

May 6, 2014 - 2:21am

Well I should know about this problem personally. I first was given CBT Therapy over 20 years ago from the VA. A year later, after talk therapy was started, I was given a Controlled Substance, Schedule IV, for anxiety and sleep problems. That addiction is still unresolved and resulted in full disability.

cowboyup

May 6, 2014 - 12:49am

I requested a Doctor to speak with on my PTS. When I went to visit this guy in Tucson, I was opening up with great emotion when suddenly his cell phone starts vibrating and he puts his hand up and stops me. He did this 3 times while I'm pouring my guts out. I stood up and gave him the bird asking him "where the heck did you get your degree". I walked and still wish someone would take the time to listen.

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