Veterans Affairs: PainkillersSept. 28, 2013
By Aaron Williams, Agustin Armendariz, Aaron Glantz and Michael Corey
Prescriptions of four potent opiates to veterans have more than tripled since 9/11, contributing to drug abuse, addiction and suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to combat the problem, but results vary dramatically across the nation.Read the full story: VA’s opiate overload feeds veterans’ addictions, overdose deaths
Durham, NC. Durham VA Medical Center
(Oxycodone, Morphine, Methadone, Hydrocodone)
In Durham, NC. 107.2 prescriptions per 100 patients.
That’s 578,099 soldiers and 619,565 prescriptions