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Who is to blame for the opioid epidemic? For thousands of vets killed, one reporter says the VA

Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And as the epidemic continues to plague the nation, the public is seeking to identify who fueled this U.S. tragedy. Cities — starting with Chicago in 2014 — are suing pharmaceutical companies, for having misled patients on opioids’ potency. Doctors too have blamed themselves for misunderstanding pain and prescribing pills.

And now, reporting from Art Levine published in Newsweek Thursday points to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for overprescribing opioids to veterans. Veterans are twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses than the rest of the population. …

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