Prescription Problems: New bill hopes to address concerns of over-prescription of medications to Wisconsin and U.S. veterans, the Wisconsin Examiner reports.
New legislation has been introduced to help address the over-prescription of medications to U.S. veterans, reports the Wisconsin Examiner.
Called the Veterans Over-medication and Suicide Prevention Act, the measure would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent study on the deaths of veterans under the organization’s care who’ve died by suicide or drug overdose.
A report released by the VA confirmed that at least 60,000 veterans nationwide had committed suicide from 2017 to 2018. It also found that between 2005 and 2017, the average number of suicide deaths among U.S. veterans rose from 86.6 per day, to 124.4
Army veteran Tasha Mitchell, 29, relates to these harsh realities.
“When you get out [of the military], the medications, some of them are irrelevant and not really necessary,” says Mitchell, who was discharged in May 2018 at the rank of sergeant, with a tour in Afghanistan behind her.
Mitchell has dealt with VA’s in several states including in Texas, Kentucky and now Wisconsin.
“I have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),” she told Wisconsin Examiner. “I’m on four different medications for PTSD. Then you throw in the insomnia, because of the medications. So it’s like a domino effect. You’re giving me medications for PTSD, but that medication that you’re giving me is causing other issues.”
Read more about the medical struggles veterans face and how this bill hopes to help