by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Doctors and medical professionals at the Veterans Affairs are handing out dangerous tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium to military service members diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder though they have been repeatedly advised not to do so because of the potential the drugs could cause more harm than good.
According to a report in NextGov.com, the VA is prescribing tranquilizers to more than 30 percent of veterans with PTSD, though clinical practice guidelines issued in 2010 by the VA’s National Center for PTSD, among others, has warned against it.
Under the guidelines, which also apply to the Department of Defense, warned providers against using benzodiazepine to manage the condition because of “the lack of efficacy data and growing evidence for the potential risk of harm,” the center said in the March edition of quarterly research publication.
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