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Thu October 10, 2013

Interactive Feature: House Veterans Affairs Hearing on VA Opiate Prescriptions

VA’s opiate overload feeds veterans’ addictions, overdose deaths
Credit Center for Investigative Reporting

The House Veterans Affairs Committee is holding a hearing to find out more about a shocking trend of opiate prescriptions in VA hospitals nationwide.  A report by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that since 9/11, the number of opiate prescriptions has grown 270 percent. CIR says this has contributed to the rate of overdose deaths among veterans that is double the national average.

This report was part of a documentary special called "Reveal" which was produced by CIR and PRX. Below, you can follow the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET. And you can add your thoughts and comments after logging in.