PTSD

Illinois advocates are pushing to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the conditions eligible for medical marijuana.

Lon Hodge is a Vietnam veteran. He suffers from PTSD and experiences panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. He says marijuana helps him cope with those symptoms.

Illinois currently has a pilot medical marijuana program.

But Hodge can't use pot legally in the state because PTSD is not on the list of illnesses covered under the program.

A new study links indirect exposure to trauma with an increased risk of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Northern Illinois University psychology professor Michelle Lily, and research associate Heather Pierce, followed 171 on-the-job emergency dispatchers from 24 states.  Dr. Lily discussed their findings with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.