Many military veterans are suffering because of new DEA rules regarding narcotic painkillers. These veterans are not being told they can no longer take these painkillers. They are, however, facing restrictions which are keeping them from getting their prescriptions renewed in a timely manner.
The DEA's new rules regarding narcotic painkillers were created to help slow down our nation's epidemic of opiate abuse. When those rules were adopted, no one thought that veterans would be caught in the crossfire.
But they are, and our military veterans who depend on medication to deal with painful injuries and PTSD are suffering because they can not get access to that medication.
So, what are the new DEA rules regarding narcotic painkillers? The new rules require patients to renew their prescriptions each month with a visit to the doctor.
While this requirement may not seem like such a burden - and to civilians it likely isn't - it does create issues for veterans due to existing problems at the Veterans Administration.
As most of us know, VA health facilities are overwhelmed by a massive patient backlog which can keep veterans waiting on appointments and treatments for months. This patient backlog is keeping veterans from being able to see their doctor to get their prescription refilled.
This issue is hitting our wounded veterans hard. According to VA data, more than half a million veterans use prescription opioids to alleviate pain.
While many do feel that there has been an issue of overmedicating by VA doctors, there are many veterans who have been using painkillers for many years without issues of addiction, depression or suicidal thoughts. Individuals like these who are able to function daily are now seeing there lives be thrown back in chaos.
Because there seems to be no solution to the problem and with up to half of returning troops suffering from chronic pain, doctors are now offering alternative pain treatments more than ever. Some of those treatments include acupuncture, medical marijuana and bright light therapy.
If you are a veteran suffering from chronic pain or PTSD or you know someone suffering, we would invite you to contact Healing Heroes Network. The wounded veteran nonprofit organization provides financial assistance for treatments like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, massage and chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, mental health counseling, and other treatments.Other Articles
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