KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A disabled army veteran is upset because his prescription medication is sometimes delayed by the United States Postal Service. He says his medications, sent from Mountain Home Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Johnson City, have ended up in the wrong part of the state on multiple occasions.
Doug Knight can’t walk. He’s been in a wheelchair for nearly a year. Both of his knees are scarred by surgery. To kill the pain he depends on high-powered prescription medication.
Those medications, along with certain other schedule II narcotics are only available in a 28 day supply. Every month he must call his doctor and then wait for it to be delivered. But, nearly two months ago he says a supply of pain medication didn’t arrive as expected.
“Back in May, my prescription got to Knoxville, then ended up in Memphis,” said Doug Knight. He immediately called the post office, but couldn’t get a clear answer about where his medication was. He got a nurse from Mountain Home to call the postal service and they eventually told her the medication was in Memphis.