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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

VA's opiate overload feeds veterans' addictions, overdose deaths




Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans recover from war instead masks their pain with potent drugs, feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.

Prescriptions for four opiates – hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine – have surged by 270 percent in the past 12 years, according to data CIR obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. CIR’s analysis for the first time exposes the full scope of that increase, which far outpaced the growth in VA patients and varied dramatically across the nation.

Continue Learning:  http://www.wbez.org/news/vas-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans-addictions-overdose-deaths-108792

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