Local Vet with PTSD Reacts to Possibility of Medical Marijuana

Local Vet with PTSD Reacts to Possibility of Medical Marijuana

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You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please click here to continue. LACKAWANNA COUNTY — State lawmakers are expected to soon approve the use of medical marijuana in liquid, pill, and oil form for patients, including those suffering from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Dave Ragan of Lackawanna County now works on suicide prevention with veterans across our area, with the group Vocal Veterans, which helps prevent veteran suicides. "They’re killing themselves. It’s not happening on the battlefield. It’s happening at home,” he said from his Blakely home. Ragan says if medical marijuana can help, he’s all for it. Ragan has struggled with PTSD after ten years in the National Guard and two deployments. He’s had two failed marriages, lost a job, and twice tried to kill himself. "One I had to learn to walk again and one I was on a ventilator and those suicide attempts were with VA prescription medications and basically what I would do, I would save them knowing there would come a time I would be wanting to hurt myself,” said Ragan. State lawmakers are expected to soon OK medical marijuana for patients with just over a dozen conditions , including PTSD. “I have never done a drug in my life. I probably smoked one cigarette in my life, but I can honestly tell you after being on certain medications and seeing the side effects of things. I would be willing to give that a shot for my own personal PTSD issues.” Ragan’s father agrees. If the medical marijuana helps veterans or anyone else with PTSD cope with their pain, it could be a good thing. He watched his son struggle with the disorder. "It baffles you because that’s my hero, you know? How’s he doing this? How can you […]

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