Veterans call for the use of pot and more accountability as the VA battles the opioid epidemic

Veteran and Missouri man Joshua Lee has learned the hard way how dangerous opioids can be.
Lee was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and today suffers from PTSD, fibromyalgia and arthritis. For the pain, he was prescribed opioids by his physicians through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

But things quickly spun out of control. By August of last year, Lee said he was taking 27 pills a day.
“I didn’t think the stuff I was on was going to screw me up that badly until I made a mistake of rescheduling when they were supposed to be mailed to me, and I wound up experiencing withdrawals for the first time in my life. And I realized I’m an addict. I would have done anything to get those pills,” Lee said.

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