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Their Stories

Unprescribed conveys the stories of veterans, spouses, and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones to suicide. After returning from combat these veterans are prescribed what's frequently referred to as the ‘combat cocktail’ or ‘zombie dope,’ leading many to believe that suicide is a possible solution to their pain. The film takes a closer look at medical marijuana, which could provide a safer alternative for many returning service members.

Boone Cutler

Sue Sisley, MD

Warfighter advocate Boone Cutler Sue Sisley, MD

Janine & John Lutz

Josh Frey

Janine Lutz, MOAB, Buddy Up Josh Frey, USMA, Fallujah vet

The Issues

Our current release, Unprescribed, looks at medical marijuana as an alternative to the opioid epidemic and a means for combating veteran suicides.

PTSD

TBI

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The Opioid Epidemic

Veteran Suicides

The opioid epidemic
Veteran Suicides

Originally code named Project Kanaeh, the working title was changed to Unprescribed to reflect the inability of those in need to legally receive this beneficial medicine at the federal level.

 

Marijuana is currently classified as a schedule I narcotic along with several dangerous drugs including heroin and LSD. THC and CBD, two of the natural compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids, have been shown to treat a broad range of ailments including PTSD, chronic pain, and even seizures.

Research cannabis. Image: MAPS.org

Because schedule I drugs are defined as substances with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, doctors are prohibited from writing prescriptions for marijuana, even in states where it is has been legalized. In such locations doctors can only advise patients on using it.

 

The goal of the film is to raise awareness of these issue in hopes of influencing our lawmakers to reclassify marijuana as a schedule III drug, or remove it all together, so that doctors who recognize its medicinal benefits can legally prescribe it.

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Warfighter advocate Boone Cutler Janine Lutz, MOAB, Buddy Up Sue Sisley, MD Josh Frey, USMA, Fallujah vet
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The opioid epidemic
Veteran Suicides
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Research cannabis. Image: MAPS.org
Warfighter advocate Boone Cutler Janine Lutz, MOAB, Buddy Up Sue Sisley, MD Josh Frey, USMA, Fallujah vet
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The opioid epidemic
Veteran Suicides
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Research cannabis. Image: MAPS.org