Don’t Restrict Veteran Access to Necessary Medication


Target: United States Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

Goal: Don’t restrict access to necessary medication for veterans.

Access to necessary medications has recently become incredibly restricted for our United States veterans. Men and women that have been taking prescription drugs for several years in order to properly function have recently taken a huge hit. The Drug Enforcement Administration has attempted to curb opioid addiction and abuse by restricting access among veterans, but has ultimately affected those that need these medications the most. Urge the DEA to overturn their recent decision and allow veterans better access to necessary medications.

The DEA’s attempt to tackle prescription abuse among veterans is honorable, but in the process they have also punished veterans that are simply doing their best to cope under difficult circumstances. These vets now have to wait months just to get prescription refills. In many cases the nearest available doctor is unusually far away, which proves especially difficult for veterans with severe mental and physical pain.

Many veterans have come forward and voiced their troubles during this difficult time, describing their unbearable withdrawal symptoms and the effect this has on their entire family. Without the proper medication, many veterans are unable to lead a normal life and find themselves bedridden far too often. After the service these veterans have performed for their country, it is shameful to not take care of their needs. Please sign this petition to urge the Drug Enforcement Administration to allow timely, distance-appropriate care for all veterans to obtain necessary medications.


Dear Ms. Leonhart,

I understand the DEA’s recent attempts to prevent opioid addiction among veterans; however, these regulations have severely impacted veterans that are in dire need of medication and have led to unbearable withdrawal symptoms for many. It is not acceptable to implement change that negatively impacts the health care of these individuals, even if it is done so with good intentions. Please find a different way to curb the rate of prescription abuse among former soldiers and ensure these brave individuals have efficient access to necessary medication.

The majority of veterans taking prescription drugs are doing so in an attempt to lead a normal life, coping with severe mental and physical pain in the best way possible. In the absence of these medications, they will experience excruciating withdrawal and severe pain that can ultimately lead to an even larger increase in veteran suicide. In order to address all concerns, these veterans need frequent and efficient access to medication and doctors.

After the difficult experiences of veterans serving the United States, the DEA must do everything in their power to ensure they are properly medicated. I urge you to allow proper access to medication for all veterans, making sure each veteran’s individual concerns are addressed with care and ease.


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