To the surprise of many and according to Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested to the audience at a town hall event in Phoenix Thursday that marijuana legalization should be “on the table.” It could be that after all of the time spent in an enemy prison camp in North Vietnam, the Senator from Arizona can understand the pain other veterans suffer. This unforgiving mental anguish is commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
The Veterans Administration is starting to listen to many other veterans who complain about harsh drugs prescribed by VA doctors for PTSD. John J. Walters writes that “treating PTSD with marijuana could curb veteran suicides.” Veterans committing suicide is averaging 22 every day. It has increased more than 20 percent since 2007.
Prescribing powerful psychotropic (mood altering) drugs like Lorazepam for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety is common practice among military doctors, writes Walters. Drugs like Lorazepam do not help our vets coming home with PTSD.