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Jim,

I have been scouring the internet looking for the answer to a question about C & P exams.  No luck though.  Does VA do a drug screen when you have your C & P exam?

Reply,

VA doesn't routinely do drug screens. There are no "random" drug screens conducted by VA. The C & P exam doesn't include a drug screening.

A VA health care provider may order a drug screen on a particular patient just as any other lab test would be ordered. This is usually done so that the patient who is receiving narcotic or psychotropic drugs may be monitored for any drug interactions.

Veterans who use, misuse or abuse drugs, whether recreational or medicinal, aren't likely to lose any benefits. If drug use affects your health care, then your VA health care provider may modify your treatment to adjust to the situation where you use recreational drugs. This is mostly the same as civilian providers are doing today and isn't exclusive to VA.

In very broad terms, the regulatory side of VA doesn't care if you smoke a little weed. The health care side of VA may care and they may address that with you. That isn't particularly unusual because some illicit or recreational drugs may have an effect on drugs prescribed by the provider.

We offer a lot more detail about you, VA drug testing and marijuana here http://www.jimstrickland912.com/Marijuana.html


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American Military Veterans VA & Social Security Disability Benefits

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Whether that was 50 years ago or 5 years ago, share yourself in uniform, on duty. I'll start with this one of the world's geekiest medic...me in 1968. Email your picture to <jim912@gmail.com>

Jim Strickland  91-D20  E-5     98th General Hospital   1968-1970

Here I am next to my ship after it was recovered from being shot down,early Dec-71. Was hit just inside the Laos/rvn border just west of Khe Sahn.The pic is back at base camp, Camp Evans.  G.A.Branigan, Charliehorse 962, RVN 70-71-72 A Trp. 7/17th.ACR.1st.Avn.Bde.CE-LiftD Trp.3/5th.Cav.101st.Abn.

Senior Scout Crewchief  The CAV is forever....OathKeeper   N7LOH

Me in Nam.

Gene Miller  

Kilo 3/9  1967

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A picture of me 02/1969 at an outpost

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Claims and Benefits UPDATES


How VA Uses The C & P Exam To Deny Your Claim

The latest C & P scam by the VBA...

The rapidly increasing frequency of telephone C & P exams is robbing you of your rights to a good exam, a clear violation of due process.

This latest dirty trick to speed up the process is increasing the numbers of appeals at a record pace.

If you've had a telephone C & P, we'd enjoy hearing about it.


Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Are you eligible?

Substitution of Claimant

Did the vet have an active claim when he died? You may be able to keep it open.

Veterans Death Pension

When you die, what do your dependents do? Shouldn't you be preparing for that?

Permanent & Total (P & T)

What it means to be 100% P & T.

The Combined Ratings Table (CRT)

This explains why VA believes that 20 + 30 + 40 = 30. They can add, they just don't want to.


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Larry Scott

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