Personal Injury Lawyer -

Free case review

facebook logo google+ logo twitter logo youtube logo

Free Case Review



VA urged to monitor opioid prescriptions

VA Watchdog Urges Action to Address Risks of Opioid Medications to Veterans

August 2, 2017
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a watchdog agency for the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), has urged the VA to take steps to monitor opioid prescriptions and abuse among veterans, stating that the powerful medications pose a particular risk to vets.

The OIG warned that veterans with chronic pain and mental illness are particularly vulnerable to the overeager prescription of opioid painkillers, and that the VA should use all available means to curtail the abuse of the drugs.

The agency pointed specifically to such programs as the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to visit community health centers, as those centers may not be sufficiently informed of the risks that opioids pose to vets, who have experienced greater rates of opioid abuse and death than the general population.

The VA has in place an Opioid Safety Initiative, but the OIG found that community health centers are often unaware of its provisions, largely due to poor communication between the centers and VA hospitals.

The VA responded to the OIG report by stating that it will encourage veterans to fill their prescriptions at VA pharmacies whenever possible. The VA is reportedly looking into strengthening its guidelines that pertain to opioid prescriptions, as well.

The abuse of opioid painkillers kills more than 30,000 Americans every year.

If you or a loved one has suffered the agonies of opioid abuse, there may be something you can do about it. Contact the expert attorneys at for a free consultation.

Talk with aN Attorney now!   

Related Articles

VA urged to address risks of opioids for veterans
More states added to lawsuit against opioid makers
Drugstores try to block cherokee opioid lawsuit
Insys settles Illinois opioid lawsuit
Opioid epidemic
Insys Blue Cross and Blue Shield lawsuit
Fentanyl likely cause of boys death
FDA urged to block opioid suppliers
Painkiller Opana
Opioid Atty Gen
FDA urged to remove opioids from market
FDA urges Opana to be pulled from the shelves
FDA warning
Oxycontin secret marketing
FDA approved drugs
FDA denies use of blue dye in opioids
FDA faults Canadian drugmaker for opioid abuse
Opioid lawsuit settlement
Opioids causing National epidemic
Opioid privileges revoked

Talk with aN Attorney now!’s award winning lawyers have been featured in over 50 radio and television interviews including: tv station logos

Real lawyers, real results!

no recovery, no fee!