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Letter: Cuomo is adding to PTSD for returning veterans

Cuomo is adding to PTSD for returning veterans

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has just added to the woes of the veterans coming home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has added medical marijuana usage; PTSD is now a qualified condition to access medical marijuana in New York State. There is scant evidence that marijuana helps PTSD; instead for some, CNN reports that it “increased risk for psychotic symptoms, psychosis, mania, and – in active users – short term cognitive dysfunction.”

The governor is harming the very men who have protected us.

Addiction is not the solution (already we have an opioid epidemic among those without hope). Hope, not sedation, is what is needed. Rather, the state should support programs like “The Heroes Project,” which lets these men tell their stories or face challenging experiences to regain control over their lives and minds.

Give these men a future, don’t anchor them in their past.

Noreen Johnson


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