Prescription drug addiction among US military veterans for the Wall Street Journal


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I spent a few days with Wall Street Journal reporter Thomas Catan working on a story about prescription drug addiction among US military veterans with PTSD and other injuries. We profiled two marine veterans, one of whom died a few months after we met him, who started using oxycodone as a result of injuries received during military service. Both had since turned to illegal sources for the drugs and, eventually, illegal street drugs such as MDMA and heroin. Their drug use had ravaged their lives, ultimately taking Eric’s, and destroyed relationships. But the two saw no alternative due to issues with receiving alternative treatment from the VA. Neither could work due to injuries and criminal charges. It was an incredibly tough story to work on, but the resulting article is well worth a read, I think, and will hopefully do some good for others in these tough situations.

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