Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, a veteran himself, has asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the “VA’s psychoactive drug-centric mental health standard for our veterans.”
A Note to Our DoD and VA Health Systems: Psychiatrists Cannot Drug a Person Back to Feeling Safe with Polypharmacy
While the VA and DoD have done some research in non-drug options, there is a heavy reliance on polypharmacy with psychiatric drugs even after the FDA required the black box warning on antidepressants for increased suicide risk.
A new report issued by the RAND Corp. shows that high percentages of active duty service members in 2013-2014 filled prescriptions for dangerous psychiatric drugs. Yet, it doesn’t report on the documented side effects of the drugs which include suicidal ideation, risk and actual suicide attempts.
Senator John McCain has reintroduced S.788, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017. This bill will hopefully protect our veterans from psychiatric drugging and provide more integrative treatment without the use of such brain-altering, non-effective, destructive psychiatric drugs.