VA prescribes/opposes addictive drugs for PTSD

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    VA policy opposes addictive drugs for PTSD,
    prescribes them anyway

    By Steven Giles in Medical, News April 26, 2013

    Against their own policy, the Department of Veteran Affairs would rather treat veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder with addictive benzodiazepines tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax - instead of using prohibited medical marijuana, despite studies showing cannabis to be a safer alternative.

    Current Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines caution providers from using benzodiazepines tranquilizers as a treatment for combat related PTSD. "Once initiated, benzodiazepines can be very difficult, if not impossible, to discontinue due to significant withdrawal symptoms compounded by the underlying PTSD symptoms," the VA/Department of Defense guidelines state.
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