Angela Peacock served in the US Army from 1998-2004 and was medically retired after one tour in Iraq. She was medicated for PTS since that time, going on and off benzodiazepines several times under a doctor’s care until coming off for the final time in January 2016. She holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology and will graduate in May 2019 from Washington University in St. Louis- Brown School of Social work with a masters in social work. As a 2019 Veterans of Foreign Wars- Student Veterans of America, Legislative Policy Fellow, she is advocating for change in Benzo policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is embarking on a community outreach effort to improve medication and health literacy among military veterans and their family members.
Recent studies show that long-term use of benzodiazepines is correlated with serious memory deficits, falls, dependence and other health problems. Once this information sinks in, some benzodiazepine (BZD) consumers, suddenly want to come off their medication. Many do...read more