The VA’s pain pill habit
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of opiate prescriptions by the Department of Veterans Affairs has skyrocketed. Data shows prescriptions for four opiates – hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine – have surged by 270 percent in the past 12 years. In some cases, the VA has prescribed drugs to known addicts.
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