VA Seeks Non-Opioid Treatments to Combat Drug Crisis

Specialists fighting to stay on top of alternative pain solutions

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Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs released opioid prescription rates for every hospital in its system.

At the Hampton Medical Center, the rate dropped from 15 percent to 8 percent from 2012 to 2017.

The public release aims to show the agency’s turnaround since before 2012, when problems at veteran hospitals in places such as Tomah, Wisc. — which some veterans called Candy Land for its liberal issuance of opioids from 2004 to 2012 — made the VA emblematic of the larger opioid epidemic that still rages across the United States.

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