Veterans call for the use of pot and more accountability as the VA battles the opioid epidemic
Veteran and Missouri man Joshua Lee has learned the hard way how dangerous opioids can be. Lee was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and today suffers from PTSD, fibromyalgia and arthritis. For the pain, he was prescribed opioids by his physicians through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But things quickly spun out of control. By August of last year, Lee said he was taking 27 pills a day.