Recent information suggests that 68,000 Veterans are addicted to some form of opioid (hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine). The VA argues that “more than 50 percent of all veterans enrolled and receiving care at the Veterans Health Administration are affected by chronic pain, which is a much higher rate than in the general population.”
According to the Center for Investigative Reporting obtained under the Freedom of Information Act,
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Like most everyone, the gun control debate is front and center on both sides of the political spectrum. Sadly, very few – if any – of proposed changes to existing gun control laws would have a major impact on Veteran suicides.
I recently came across an interesting article published in the Washington Post entitled “The reasons we don’t study gun violence the same way we study infections.” The gist ... Continue Reading →
The gatekeepers at the Department of Veteran Affairs (the “VA”) remain intransigent in providing urgently need care to Veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI. Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) at the VA is to argue that FDA-approved clinical studies are needed to sanction treatment methods – regardless if these treatment alternatives have been used with success in many other countries for decades and, in some cases, hundreds of years.
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Pendulums are made to swing from one side to the other. So it is for the prescribing pendulum ...