VA sees reduction in prescription opioid use

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By Liz Carey  |  August 3, 2020

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said it has seen a 64 percent reduction in the use of prescription opioids for patients over the past eight years. According to a statement by the VA, only 247,000 veterans were prescribed opioids through the third quarter of 2020, compared to 679,000 in 2012. The department said the reduction was accomplished through “aggressively emphasizing the safe and responsible use of prescription opioids” and supplementing chronic pain treatments with ...

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