VA report: Veterans using private doctors are at a greater risk for opioid abuse

gettyimages 817729110 VA report: Veterans using private doctors are at a greater risk for opioid abuse

This photograph taken on July 18, 2017, shows painkilling pills which contain codeine in a pharmacy in Quimper, western France. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday, the Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General published a report reviewing opioid prescription to high-risk veterans receiving VA purchased care.

“Veterans receiving opioid prescriptions from VA-referred clinical settings may be at greater risk for overdose and other harm because medication information is not being consistently shared,” said Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in a statement. “That has to change. Healthcare providers serving veterans should be following consistent guidelines for prescribing opioids and sharing information that ensures quality care for high-risk veterans.”

The OIG report recommends that private providers should be required to submit prescriptions for opioids directly to VA pharmacies so that these prescriptions can be tracked.

What’s more, the VA concurred with the recommendations and has submitted action plans to implement them.

Read the full report here:

 

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