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ID:

688

Date:

2013-10-10

Headline:

Veterans dying from overmedication

Reporter's name:

Jim Axelrod

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

CBS News

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

CBS News used FOIA to obtain records from the Department of Veterans Affairs showing both a nationwide increase in narcotics prescriptions for veterans and disproportionate rates of accidental overdoses among veterans in a sample of states with a high population of veterans. This jibed with reports from a dozen VA physicians who complained about encouragement to medicate patients without ensuring they were monitored closely enough.

Keywords:

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, veterans, healthcare, medication, narcotics, painkillers, prescriptions, Percocet, opioids, overdose, death, Iraq, Afghanistan,

URL:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/veterans-dying-from-overmedication/


Agencies:

VA

States:

DC
MS
OH

Categories:

drug safety
health care
military
veteran


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