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House passes Walorski's legislation to prevent veteran opioid abuse

(WNDU)
Published: May. 10, 2016 at 9:56 PM EDT
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The House passed Jackie Walorski’s legislation to prevent veteran opioid abuse, which often leads to prescription drug abuse.

Walorski's provision would require all Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in their respective state's prescription drug monitoring program.

Walorski responded in-part:

I'm glad my legislation passed the House unanimously, and I urge the Senate to pass it right away. VA facilities should follow the same rules as all other doctors and pharmacists to prevent veterans from abusing prescription drugs.

VA Medical Centers currently are not required to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program. Walorski first introduced the legislation that would make it a requirement in response to an investigation into a potential opioid over prescription in Marion.