In the wake of the recent study that found the US Veterans Administration had no consolidated evidence that its psychiatric programs are actually helping people, NPR interviewed veterans who are starting to rebel against their doctors and refuse medications. NPR reports that 1 in 3 veterans polled say they are on 10 different medications. “The medications — I hate all the medications,” veteran Rachel Stokes told NPR. “If the scientist actually went through and did research, and then really found out what really worked, then that’s different. But it doesn’t seem like they’re doing that.”
Veteran Leo Kalberg told NPR that, before quitting them, his medication list included escitalopram, Prozac, Klonopin, morphine, Percocet, Vicodin, tramadol, Motrin, cortisone, lidocaine and Seroquel. “I’d take all my medication, and I’d sit down, and a whole entire day would pass, and I would just get up and go to bed,” Karlberg said.
Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors’ Orders (NPR Health Shots, July 11, 2014)