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For Some Wounded Veterans, Strong Prescription Drugs Can Be Cause Of More Pain

For some veterans, the treatment becomes worse than the original problem.
For Some Wounded Veterans, Strong Prescription Drugs Can Be Cause Of More Pain

Via PBS News Hour:

Some veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home to face another battle: addiction to narcotic painkillers prescribed by their doctors. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at whether these wounded warriors are being overmedicated with prescription opiates.

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GWEN IFILL: Next: a troubling account of the consequences of overprescribing addictive painkillers to veterans.

The death rate from overdoses of those drugs at Veterans Affairs hospitals is twice the national average. But data shows the VA continues to prescribe increasi...

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