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Veterans Affairs Facility Putting Patients at Risk for Overdose

Two years after Iraq war veteran, Justin Bailey, overdosed on medication at a Veterans Affairs facility, the problems blamed in his death have not been corrected at many of the VA’s residential treatment sites, a government study confirmed.

The VA’s inspector general ordered a review of all Veteran Affairs facilities as part of legislation passed to fix problems after the 2007 death of the 27-year-old in a Los Angeles residential facility. Bailey had surgeries for a groin injury he sustained during the first part of the Iraq war and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. His father, Tony Bailey, later testified before Congress that the day before his son died, he was given five different prescriptions in doses covering, 14, 15 and 30 days. He said his son was known to abuse prescription medication and had used illegal drugs.

The inspector general’s review found that fewer than half of Veteran Affairs facilities visited had appropriate polices to screen patients. The review also stated that more than 10 percent of patients who were allowed to give themselves narcotics received more than a week’s supply.

The VA administration has said it will implement improvements, and will make sure to make the recommended changes.

For more information see: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31850584/ns/health-health_care/

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