Our senior reporter Billy Cox has just finished a nine-month investigation into the use of medical marijuana by veterans with PTSD, TBI and other unseen wounds.
The Special Report: “Warriors Rise Up,” comes out on Sunday in the Herald-Tribune, but we are releasing our online version today at rxforveterans.com/
According the VA, more than 75,000 former or active-duty military personnel committed suicide between 2005 and 2015 — a staggering 20.6 suicides per day.
Many survivors of wounds and emotional trauma blame VA-prescribed opioids — the so-called “Combat cocktail” — for those high suicide rates. The cocktail comes with horrible side effects that give the veterans problems in the bathroom, the bedroom and can cause suicidal ideation.
The veterans want legal access to medicinal marijuana. It will stop the suicide epidemic, they say.
They’re taking the fight for access to medicinal marijuana to Washington, hoping lawmakers will “deschedule” the drug from its current Schedule 1 status.
We’re chronicling their battle.
Please read and share this special report.
It could save lives.