A proposed bill would empower Veterans Affairs doctors to track and identify patterns of opioid abuse in hopes of reducing addiction, overdose, and death.
Maryland Republican Rep. Neal Dunn introduced the Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act in September, which directs the VA secretary to connect health care providers to a national network of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs that can identify patterns of patient abuse. The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.
"We cannot stand silent and watch prescription opioid abuse destroy the lives of those who fought for our freedoms," said Dunn, a former major and Army surgeon who completed a residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "This bill instructs the VA to do what more and more private doctors are doing - connect to the national drug monitoring databases so no one slips through the cracks."
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