DEATH VOTE: Congress Wants Deadly Pharmaceutical Cocktails to Continue at VA, No Medical Cannabis For Vets

House Votes Down Equal Access Amendment That Would Have Allowed VA Doctors to Offer Medical Cannabis Treatment Option to Sick Vets

by TMSR
May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Let the overdoses continue. That is what Congress voted for 213-210 when they failed to pass the Veterans Equal Access Amendment this week.

The amendment would have allowed VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients — especially those suffering from PTSD — instead of the dangerous pharmaceutical drug cocktails now standard issue at VA hospitals.

At least 30 percent of new patients at VA have been diagnosed with PTSD. Most are treated with an often lethal mixed bag of prescription psychotropic drugs.

The standard VA drug cocktail nearly always combines the following:

SSRIs (Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac) for depression
Benzodiazapines (Klonapin, Ativan, Xanax) for anxiety
Cyclopyyrolones (Lunesta, Ambien) for insomnia
Trazadone for depression
Anti-psychotics (Seroquel, Risperdol, Abilify) for PTSD.

Patients with both PTSD and orthopedic injuries are also given powerful Opiod pain medications such as Oxycodone or Morphine. A high percentage of veterans suffer some sort of orthopedic injury during their military service, especially those in combat units.

Nearly all the listed pharmaceutical drugs above carry the FDA’s most serious warning (Black Box) label for dangerous side effects, especially for suicide ideation.

Congress’ vote against giving VA doctors the ability to offer a cannabis option to treat the symptoms of PTSD, and for use in pain management means veterans will continue getting bags of dangerous pills from VA that greatly increase the likelihood of toxic drug overdose and suicide.

Congress essentially voted to keep VA doctors in the business of killing veterans via “pharmacide.”

Medical cannabis used under a doctor’s supervision is proven safe and effective in a majority of patients suffering from the symptoms of PTSD and chronic pain. There are no known cases of overdose with cannabis therapy, and cannabis is not contraindicated with alcohol consumption.

At least 50 percent of new veterans self-report as frequent binge drinkers; having five or more drinks in a single drinking session.

All the above pharmaceutical drugs are not safe for use by patients who consume alcohol. They are nearly always deadly when combined with heavy alcohol consumption.

To read more from the Tech Times about Congress’ vote to keep VA doctors from recommending medical cannabis to sick and wounded veterans click here.

SUICIDE CONTEST: Study Reveals Game Among Army Commanders to See Who Could Abuse their Subordinates the Worst

Former Army Anthropologist Looking at Suicide Causes Found Numerous Cases of Army Leaders Who Held Competitions to See Who Could “Smoke” their Troops the Worst … and Push them the Brink of Suicide

by Daniel Zwerdling
National Public Radio, Feb. 6, 2014

*Editor’s Note – This story perhaps explains better than any so far in the reporting of military culture, and why so many young men and women would rather die than continue serving in the military. The “toxic leader” issue has been mostly ignored by reporters and experts examining the circumstances behind military suicide. This report is shocking, and in this writer’s opinion, reveals criminal behavior among Army leaders charged with the health and welfare of their subordinates.

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259422776/army-takes-on-its-own-toxic-leaders

Read more articles about the Army’s “Toxic Leaders” and their soldiers who kill themselves to escape from them:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20130715/NEWS01/307150020/-Toxic-leadership-rare-potent-trigger-Fort-Campbell-suicides

MILITARY SUICIDES EXPLODE: On Pace For 644 in 2013

Suicide in US Military Rising at Alarming Rate

by PressTV
May 28, 2013

The number of suicide cases among active service members in the US Army is rising at an alarming rate despite efforts made to curb the trend, Press TV reports.

According to a new report, the US military recorded 161 potential suicides in 2013, meaning one suicide about every 18 hours among active duty troops, reservists and National Guard members.

The report noted that US Defense Department, Pentagon, has implemented a number of initiatives in an attempt to decrease the number of suicides.

However, analysts believe that the rate will even increase in the next couple of years as more troops are returning from Afghanistan.

Read the rest of the story:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/28/305911/suicide-rate-in-us-military-alarming/

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