Veteran prescribed benzodiazepines for PTSD wants royal commission to probe drug addiction.
David Hill is trying anything and everything, even illegal cannabis oil, to tackle post-traumatic stress disorder, a result of two tours of Afghanistan as an Australian solider.
– Mr Hill became addicted to the benzodiazepines he was prescribed to treat his PTSD
– He wants the veteran suicide royal commission to examine their use, a move backed by experts
– Independent senator Jacqui Lambie wants the inquiry to look at alternative treatments, including cannabis, for returned soldiers
– His efforts include equine therapy, but no longer involve benzodiazepines, a mild form of tranquilisers used to help sleep and calm anxiety.
He said the group of drugs known as ‘benzos’ made his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) harder, as he became dependent on the medication.
He was prescribed the medication but at his worst he was taking 50 pills a day.
“They were good for keeping me regulated and keeping me numb,” Mr Hill said.
“But long term, I felt it destroyed my short-term memory, it turned me into a zombie.”
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