With abuse increasing, Army limits addictive meds

Jul 11, 2011 Full story: Knoxville News Sentinel

Faced with rising abuse of prescription drugs, the Army has limited how many painkillers a soldier can get at one time and is threatening disciplinary action for troops caught violating the restriction.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Doylestown, PA

#1 Jul 12, 2011
Great! now the army if forcing wounded veterans to suffer unnecessarily after all they have sacrificed. This is a horrible way to treat the wounded. More political posturing be degenerate politicians!

“Chillin at the Bunny Ranch”

Since: Jun 11

Reno Nv.

#2 Jul 12, 2011
So I guess it's better our wounded troops suffer then run the possible risk of addiction? I'm sure this will be a great incentive for re enlistment. Let them fight for our country and then hang um out to dry by letting them suffer after they are wounded. There are worse things than drug addiction like suffering from a gun shot wound !
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#3 Jul 13, 2011
Let me see if I can help here. I am severely disabled but not service connected. I have been throughout the VA system with pain issues and surgeries and steroid shots and 10 physical therapy sessions. Each time I complain about pain, all they do is give me another pain pill. I have been to private hospitals that do the same. Pain pills do not work on the nerve. They work on the symptoms but not the cause. I have had everything from morphine to Excedrin and a list of NSAIDS. I have Degenerative joint/disk disease and when my pain gets bad, they admit me to a VA hospital and fill me up with morphine until the pain subsides (not that I would know the difference when they shoot you with morphine every time) and then release me to live with my pain. I have a rod in my back and a cadaver bone in my neck that was done by a private hospital. I am not eligible for a spinal cord stimulator because I will probably have to have more surgery. I would gladly give the drugs away if I could since they do me no good but it has been a continued pain prescription that if all else fails, hit him with another pain pill and MOST hospitals do this when they cannot find a diagnosis.
Along with the pain pills go addiction depending on the body and doctors know this so they usually send you for a psych consult and the psych doctor will probably give you a dope med to calm your withdrawal. Do you see the viscous cycle here?
We need more competent doctors to make a real life diagnosis. The VA will no longer treat me because they say there is nothing more they can do for me. I have a pain management doctor who has put me on a strong dose of NSAIDS, radio frequency shots (burning the nerve) and steroids because he knows the pain is real and opioid medication will not help. I have pain medication prescribed but further diagnosis is needed and that is what they are doing. Don't live the opioid live. There are answers out there for pain and it takes a lot of research, second and third opinions and the body gets used to and demands more of the opioid over time to the cycle starts all over again.

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