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Report Rebuffs Most Allegations about Opioid Use at Tomah VA

A watchdog did not find evidence to support allegations of indiscriminate dispension of opioids at the Tomah VA. A watchdog did not find evidence to support allegations of indiscriminate dispension of opioids at the Tomah VA. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 29, 2019 03:45 PM

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) - Federal inspectors say there's no evidence that opioids were being "indiscriminately prescribed" at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, although the hospital can improve on its pain treatments.

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The State Journal says the report by the VA Office of the Inspector General found that the center does not consistently offer pain treatments other than opioids and 10 patients on opioids recently died. However, it adds that the facility doesn't hand out opioids "like candy" and the deaths might not have been related to the drugs.

The study was prompted by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's request and a confidential complaint. Inspectors said most of the allegations in the complaint were not substantiated.

Baldwin and other politicians had been criticized for their response to 2014 allegations about opioids at the Tomah VA.

The entire report can be read at www.va.gov/oig/publications/report-summary.asp?id=4626.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal

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