Elderly Texas Man Says He Did Without His Heart Medication For A Week Due To Mail Delays

An 82-year-old Texas man said that he had to do without his heart medication for a week due to the U.S. Mail being slowed down, KHOU-TV reported.

Don White, like many other Americans, relies on mail delivery of his pharmaceuticals, in his case a life-saving heart medication. He told a local news station Sunday night that he checked the tracking number on his latest expected delivery, only to find that it had been sitting in a north Houston mail processing facility for the past ten days.

He said that his medication has never been this late before.

"There have been a few times in which it's taken a week, week and a half, two weeks, but this is the first time I actually ran out and checking with the post office didn't do much good, even though I had a tracking number on it," he said.

Fortunately, his daughter was able to help him get his medication at a local pharmacy. Other Americans who rely on the mail to get their medicines delivered to them haven't been so lucky, however.

The new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, recently made some operational changes to the postal service, and as ABC News reported last week, those changes have resulted in mail delays for some Americans. Some of those affected by the delays are veterans who rely on the USPS to get their prescription medications delivered to them. An untold number have experienced delays in getting their essential medicines.

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In a letter to DeJoy, 31 Senators, including Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, noted the difficulty some veterans are experiencing and told the Trump appointee that the situation is unacceptable.

"No veteran should have to wonder when their antidepressant or blood pressure medication may arrive — and the effects can be devastating if doses are missed," the letter read, in part.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, President Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, has blamed the USPS' issues on leaders of Democratic states preferring bailout money instead of funds to help the Post Office.

As for DeJoy, Trump said, "He's trying to streamline the post office and make it great again."

Back in Texas, a statement from the USPS said that the agency is trying to deal with an increased workload due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. They asked for patience from the public and apologized for any delays.