With prescription pain reliever addictions and overdoses increasing, are doctors in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over-prescribing medications to veterans of war?
Based on the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), opiates (such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine) being prescribed has actually increased by 270 percent from the previous twelve years. This report leaves many anxious that VA protocol of over prescribing painkillers is not just lacking responsibility, but could be dangerous.
Information compiled by the CIR revealed that doctors in VA facilities in many regions have “greater than one opiate prescribed to each patient, usually, for the previous two years.” Some experts, interviewed concerning why there is such a dramatic rise in the variety of pain reliever prescriptions created for veterans, validated the fact that the VA is “overmedicating its patients as it has a hard time to stay up to date with their requirement for even more complex treatment.” (CIR).
“In 2009, new VA regulations required clinicians to follow an “integrated approach” to helping veterans in pain, including a stronger focus on treating the root causes of pain rather than using powerful narcotics to reduce symptoms.”
While this approach could be the new model, veterans waiting for the integrated care are left suffering and misusing the drugs prescribed to them, oftentimes not out of need to control physical pain, but to numb themselves from the addiction and symptoms of PTSD.
The CIR article relays the true stories of veterans who lost their battles, not only in service to our country, but battles with prescription drug addiction fueled by access to doctors who are willing to dispense them. Many lost their lives due to prescription drug addiction and the surrounding complications.
PTSD and Prescription Drug Addiction in Veterans of War
In a report published in the March 7, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study led by Dr. Karen Seal stated that those veterans returning with PTSD are more likely to be prescribed opiates, further complicating their mental and physical situation. Although returning vets want nothing more than to improve, they are more likely to justify taking opiates simply because they were given by a doctor.
The current VA model is ineffective due to the fact that it’s merely covering up symptoms of veterans with prescription drug addiction, who are often switching from one drug to another, one doctor to another, one location to another.
In order to relieve PTSD and the addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol, and street drugs used by addicted veterans, they must be assisted to restore the balance in their lives with immediate relief.
AWAREmed Offers Help to Addicted Veterans of War
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and Dr. Dalal Akoury offers veterans a way to find the balance and immediate relief to their symptoms and prescription drug addiction. Neuro Endocrine Restoration treatment (NER) is an affordable and carefully crafted protocol that includes specific oral and intravenous natural substances for each patient and their personal requirement.
Because the NER provides the body with all the essential elements that are necessary to speed up and facilitate a smooth recovery, the body detoxifies gently with minimal and tolerable withdrawal symptoms. The methodology used by Dr. Akoury at AWAREmed safely and significantly reduces cravings, anxiety and depression by alleviating the stress levels, and restoring a sense of well-being and clarity of mind.
The main objective of any veteran addiction treatment program should be the elimination of the root cause of pain, either physical or mental, using the least amount of opiates needed.
Discovering the root cause is a long term event, not a quick fix, however it’s shown that NER treatment offered at AWAREmed, quickly and effectively relieves the known indications of addiction withdrawal and PTSD, including depression, anxiety and stress with a minimum of withdrawal symptoms.
Our Veterans of war deserve the best treatment available for prescription drug addiction, afterall, they gave the best of their lives to keep us free. Until changes in protocol at VA hospitals and facilities with regards to dispensing addictive drugs, we will continue to see more and more prescription drug addiction in returning veterans of war.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center believes there is help for addicted veterans of war and it’s quick, safe, and effective. If you are an addicted veteran of war, please make an appointment today.
Prescription Drug Addiction Epidemic in Veterans of War