On our debut pilot, reporter Aaron Glantz uncovered how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been prescribing highly addictive pain medications at an alarming rate – even to patients who are known addicts.
Data we obtained shows how opiate prescriptions by the VA have skyrocketed between 2001 and 2012 – a 270 percent increase.
Since that report aired, we’ve already seen results. Glantz returns to the show to discuss congressional hearings held in the wake of our investigation and how lawmakers might address the spike in opiate prescriptions.
- You can see how many opiates the VA is prescribing veterans in your area in this interactive map.
Are you a veteran with experience with prescription medication from the VA? We want to hear your story. Take a few minutes to share your experience with our reporters here.