Texas Man, 82, Says He’s Been Without Heart Med For A Week Due To USPS Delays

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Don White, 82, said his heart medication has been sitting at a USPS processing facility amid delayed deliveries.

According to The Hill, 82-year-old Don White has been without his heart medication for more than a week as it sits at a Postal Processing facility and mail delivery has been delayed.

  • White told local news affiliate KHOU that he hoped to receive the medication on Monday, adding “that he had never experienced an inability to receive the drugs from the post office if he was in possession of a tracking number.”

"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,” White told KHOU.

  • The elderly Texan has had to rely on over-the-counter medications from the local pharmacy while he goes without his prescription.

  • The Hill reported that “The Postal Service blamed delays on the coronavirus pandemic as well as years-old financial problems in a lengthy statement obtained by the news station.”

"The Postal Service is flexing its available resources to match the workload created by the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We appreciate the patience of our customers and apologize for any inconvenience that may have been experienced. We also appreciate the efforts of employees as conditions change on a day-to-day basis," said the Postal Service in part.

  • “Residents of numerous cities and counties have reported delays in mail delivery in recent weeks amid Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's efforts to reorganize the service and cut costs,” according to the report. “In Philadelphia, mail carriers have reported extreme levels of under-staffing and mail piling up in processing centers.”

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