Healing a Broken System: Veterans and the War on Drugs
Date:  11-14-2012

Much is said about honoring our veterans, but our drug policies can make them criminals
Daniel Robelo, a research associate for the Legal Affairs Office of the Drug Policy Alliance wrote a powerful article about veterans in the November 12 issue of HuffPost. It is fair to say that American troops deserve the respect they receive from citizens of our country. They are appreciated for the sacrifices that they make, but making those sacrifices can inflict harsh consequences that can damage these brave men and women via another war - -America’s War on Drugs. Click here to read more.

Robelo’s article refers to the Drug Policy Alliance report Healing a Broken System: Veterans and the War on Drugs. Perhaps one of the most important documents on veterans, substance abuse and incarceration, Healing a Broken System not only provides shocking details of how the war on drugs is doing irreparable harm to our veterans and their families, but also offers several recommendations on treating veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and substance abuse issues, and suggests changing the policy that disqualifies veterans from obtaining substance abuse disability status unless they also have PSTD. Alternative to incarceration programs are also suggested for veterans accused of a low-level, non-violent crime. Sections on preventing suicide and drug overdosed are also included in the report.

Read the full report here.