June 2, 2016

Opioid Over-Prescription and Veterans

According to a recent Fox61 report, veterans are among the groups coping with the over-prescription of addictive opioids, and Senator Blumenthal plans to introduce legislation limiting the amount of pain medication doctors can prescribe at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities.  The legislation, which is similar to a recently enacted Connecticut law, also requires facilities to do a better job monitoring and tracking of prescriptions and educating doctors about managing pain.

The VA promised to act on opioid addiction last year, but Senator Blumenthal feels it is not moving fast enough.