(CBS News) Veterans by the tens of thousands have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries suffered on the battlefield. Many of them seek treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals. Now a CBS News investigation has found that some veterans are dying of accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers at a much higher rate than the general population -- and some VA doctors are speaking out.
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Food for thought: Military doctors and VA doctors have been over medicating veterans for decades, as long as you numb a person’s senses from feeling pain, you can get more physical use out of them. This method also allows for major corporations to profit from years of ongoing war.
Instead of paying disabled veterans more compensation benefits for their injuries the VA would rather overdose them with "drug interacting" medications. They figured as long as they are giving the veteran what they want (pain meds) the veteran would not demand to be compensated for his injuries. This is why the military does not thoroughly inform veterans of their eligibility for disability compensation prior to discharging the member from active duty service.
The problem with over medicating a person with too many drugs is that the drugs will eventually begin to interact with one another, causing adverse side effects to major organs which oftentimes leads to death.
In the end, the pharmaceutical industry has made a huge profit from the Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs who will continue to allow for over medicating our veterans. Meanwhile, this puts the pharmaceutical industry in a more lucrative position to donate more money to our lawmakers (Congress) campaign funds who are obviously not too concerned for the overall health and welfare of our veterans.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!