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CIR Reports SF Veterans Receive Opiates Without Seeing Doctor

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealed that opiate prescriptions for veterans had surged 270 percent between 2001 and 2012, fueling additions and overdose deaths. | Cannabis Now Magazine

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CIR Reports SF Veterans Receive Opiates Without Seeing Doctor

This September the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealed that opiate prescriptions for veterans had surged 270 percent between 2001 and 2012, fueling addictions and overdose deaths. The CIR has now released the findings of a new report by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which states that doctors at the San Francisco VA hospital “regularly renewed prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers for veterans they had never seen.”

The report states that in an inspection of 264 opiate prescription renewals, 53 percent had taken place without the doctor seeing the patient or speaking with them on the phone. In addition, auditors found the VA shredded documents tracking opiate abuse and, before a House subcommittee meeting in October, VA physicians confessed hospital administrators pressured them to prescribe opiates to patients.

Despite widespread evidence that cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), VA physicians are forbidden from recommending marijuana, even in states where medical marijuana is legal.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jim Greer

    May 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The Powers that be, suck.

  2. Scott

    December 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    The opiates are to keep them suppressed and moody so that the PTSD doesn’t go away and they have to seek treatment for a long period of time. And as far as the banning of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana stimulates free thought and no government EVER wants there people to have free thought or free anything. If you stop anything that the medical industry can profit on you are the enemy, and as far as the government is concerned, they get there pocket money from the medical industry. Why do you think the ones that have PTSD were guarding the poppy fields?

    • Jim Greer

      May 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Absofuckinglutly the truth.

  3. Jake

    December 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Prescriptions of Marijuana are illegal in all states across the USA. Recommendations are legal in medical marijuana states. This is a huge difference.

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