New Rules On Narcotic Painkillers Cause Grief For Veterans And VA

by Rachel Baker on February 20, 2015

Hopefully, the VA can figure this out and the new narcotic rules won’t be a long-term challenge.

Here’s the Article: New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA

New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as missing limbs and post-traumatic stress.

The restrictions, adopted last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration to curb a national epidemic of opioid abuse, are for the first time, in effect, forcing veterans to return to the doctor every month to renew their medication, although many were already struggling to get appointments at overburdened VA health facilities. And even if patients can get appointments, the new rules pose an additional hardship for many who live a good distance from the health centers.

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