Veterans Dying From Overmedication
The number of pain killers and narcotics being prescribed to veterans returning home has skyrocketed, according to a CBS News report that found some veterans are dying of accidental overdoses at a higher rate than the general public. Meanwhile, VA physicians said they felt pressured by administrators to prescribe narcotics and were concerned patients were not being properly monitored.
According to VA records, the number of narcotic prescriptions written to veterans is up 259 percent over the past 11 years. Read more.