• Listen to those who know PTSD
    April 26,2014

    Listen to those who know PTSD

    I share Joe Hanson’s concerns regarding Keith Flynn’s influence over the House Human Services Committee’s consideration of medical marijuana for PTSD (Letters April 24: “What is the real agenda?”).

    “A lack of testimony” was cited as a reason to drop PTSD (“Lawmakers balk at medical marijuana for PTSD,” April 12) Why was there no testimony? I can’t understand how one man can sway so many lawmakers, especially when considering the fact that apparently no other people were present to offer their professional or personal perspective.

    I am a child abuse survivor. At 46, I still suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, social anxiety and a number of other unpleasant and barely manageable conditions. I take seven medications and it’s still not enough. Marijuana might help.

    PTSD affects war veterans, abuse survivors and other victims of trauma. It can have a debilitating effect which affects the ability to engage with the world — even a small corner of it. I hope that future efforts to add PTSD to the approved conditions for medical marijuana will include testimony from PTSD sufferers.

    Gary Alton Russell


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