Veterans: What’s your experience with prescription medications from the VA?
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of opiate prescriptions by doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs has skyrocketed. According to data obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting, prescriptions for four opiates – hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine – have surged by 270 percent in the past 12 years. For the last two years, the data shows the agency has issued more than one opiate prescription per patient, on average.
Have you been prescribed pills by a VA doctor? To help us better understand how opiates are affecting Florida veterans, CIR reporters want to hear about any experience you or a loved one might have had with VA-prescribed medication. We know this is a sensitive issue to discuss, and we will not share any of your information or responses without your permission.
You also can contact reporter Howard Goodman at email@example.com or at 561-749-9240.