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August 17, 2010

Univ. Arkansas Receives Grant to Study Prescription Opiod Use Among Veterans

Well it sure appears that the VA is attempting to get ahead of the curve on this issue.
The use of the word abuse here seems to imply a willful act on the veterans part, thereby that veteran may not be eligible for compensation, see study prescription drug abuse among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

New VA-opioid-prescribing guidelines will be released this year.

Full Article at: UAMS to study prescription drug abuse by war veterans
Posted on 16 August 2010

Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use money from a $288,714 federal grant to study prescription drug abuse among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, officials announced today.

Researchers at UAMS and Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System will study six years of data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of VA policies on prescribing painkillers known as opioids, said UAMS assistant professor Teresa Hudson. New VA-opioid-prescribing guidelines will be released this year.

More than half the tens of thousands of veterans diagnosed with pain could receive treatment that would involve opioid painkillers.”

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