The VA’s pain pill habit

Listen to reporter Aaron Glantz’s investigation:

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of opiate prescriptions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has skyrocketed. Data shows prescriptions for four opiates – hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine – have surged by 270 percent from 2001 to 2012. In some cases, the VA has prescribed drugs to known addicts.

Click on the interactive map below to see which VA hospital systems have written the most prescriptions.

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