Heather McDonald speaks about her husband’s death at a House subcommittee hearing. Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Scott Alan McDonald died of an overdose of Percocet on Sept. 13, 2012.Amanda Voisard/The Center for Investigative Reporting Department of Veterans Affairs physicians told a House subcommittee today that hospital administrators regularly pressured them to prescribe highly addictive […]
Tune in here for updates from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs health subcommittee hearing to examine the VA’s rising prescriptions of opiate painkillers.
Playwright Jon Bernson turned an investigative report about female veterans’ struggles into a one-act play.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of opiate prescriptions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has skyrocketed. In some cases, the VA has prescribed drugs to known addicts.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has supplied Tim Fazio with nearly 4,000 oxycodone pills since he returned home after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008. Fazio says he was never in acute physical pain but used the pills to blot out feelings of guilt for surviving when many of his friends did not.Adithya Sambamurthy/The […]
We combined two VA data sets to illustrate the agency’s opiate prescriptions around the country.
How many opiate prescriptions is the Department of Veterans Affairs giving to veterans in your area? There is ample opportunity for journalists to localize this story.
Veterans’ advocates are praising a speech by President Barack Obama on the massive backlog of disability claims, marking the first time the president personally addressed the problem since it came to widespread public attention this spring.