Drug Policy Alliance Releases Report On Veterans And The War On Drugs As Nation Commemorates Veterans’ Day

“U.S. servicemen and women have been asked to bear an unthinkable burden in the past decade —  and the military has prescribed them whatever drugs they need to keep fighting. But it’s a different story when veterans come home,” said Daniel Robelo, research coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “We arrest too many veterans for drug law violations and incarcerate them for too long, leaving them with criminal records that make it all but impossible to get a job, housing, education, and other services – often creating a vicious cycle of addiction and incarceration. We fail to take simple measures to prevent fatal overdoses, we deny proven treatments for addiction and dependence, and we allow the drug war to stand in the way of new and promising treatments for PTSD and other service-related conditions.”
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