Reuters Health) – Tues. March 06, 2012 – Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are treated for pain are more likely to get very strong painkillers if they also have mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study.More than one-third of veterans with both PTSD and a drug use disorder who had pain were prescribed opioids.Veterans with PTSD were also more likely than others to be prescribed multiple opioid drugs at a time, to get higher doses of the drugs and to receive early refills, Seal and her colleagues reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.And those treated with opioids were more than twice as likely as veterans not prescribed the painkillers to suffer an injury, overdose on drugs or alcohol or intentionally hurt themselves.
PTSD: Many vets with PTSD prescribed Opoids
This is incompetence, plain and simple. They are supposed to help not add another issue. Drugs are not the way out of PTSD.