Subcommittee Examines VA Pain Management Practices

extra-news WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on pain management programs and the use of medications, particularly opioids, to treat veterans experiencing acute and chronic pain.  According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), pain is the most frequent complaint for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and studies show that more than half of VA’s male primary care patients report experiencing chronic pain.
“Providing safe, effective, and adequate pain management is a crucial component of improving veterans’ health care,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA ), the subcommittee’s ranking member. “I know VA recognizes that chronic and acute pain among our veterans is a serious problem. I appreciate them for making this issue a priority, but I’m concerned that comprehensive pain care is not consistently provided throughout the VA’s health care system. Witnesses today highlighted the dangers of opioid use and just how quickly veterans can get trapped in a rapid downward spiral of addiction and pain. They also pointed to ways that VA’s pain management practices must be improved. We owe it to our veterans to do more.”
In November of last year the Government Accountability Office released a report which found that the VA and Department of Defense do not effectively manage the medication needs of all servicemembers during their transition from active duty to veteran status.
Recent media reports from the Center of Investigative reporting found that over the past 11 years the number of patients treated by VA is up 29 percent while prescriptions written by VA doctors and nurse practitioners are up 259 percent. Additionally, VA prescriptions for opiates hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine have risen 270 percent in the last 12 years. These media reports assert that the rapid rise in VA prescriptions corresponds with data that indicates VA patients are dying of narcotics overdoses at twice the national average.

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  1. williammartin  October 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Those in government should live the life of Veterans or “others” who in the case of Veterans were lied to in these fake wars on terrorism going to distant lands “to fight them there so as not to fight them here” BS.

    Then get their bodies mangled and ripped apart and see how they (Those in Government) endur the pain. They don’t see their Sons living in pure agonies, yet opiate use is just a bandaid and not a cure.

    Just as the Billions spent by the Military for SSRIs used with opiates to sedate these once fine men. More bandaids. Then the additives in them that cause a person to SNAP!

    Most SSRIs and other drugs for pain all contain SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate used in toothpaste, floor wax stripping, engine block degreasers, shampoo and all carry the WARNING! In case of swallowing call the nearest Poison control center.

    What is the Max daily intake of SLS? THE FDA refuses to say. Yet 3-6 prescriptions all have this as part of a Pain Management .
    They are killing US. Billions are made off these drugs each, who cares if a few die from their use. Additives keep you sick to drive costs Up and repeated office visits were they never examine you, just pump more bandaid drugs into you.

  2. needfullthings  October 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    30 Years ago they gave out pain meds for any reason and got some bad results. Now they gone so far in the other direction people who need them are denied and I see so many you could use the help.

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