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October 22, 2013
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Letter: Time to rethink veterans’ treatment

Vets pushed into narcotics

A young man or woman signs up to serve his or her country, is send off to war, has a traumatic experience and returns home with pain. The soldier goes to the Veterans Affairs for help with this problem and due to lack of staffing (two pain providers per 100,000 veterans), this soldier is treated with narcotic pills instead of cognitive behavioral therapy which requires more one-on-one interaction and more staff.

This has resulted in veterans dying from unintentional narcotic drug overdoses. The VA has become America’s latest drug dealer. And America’s returning heroes are suffering the consequences of getting hooked on narcotic drugs in this now very dysfunctional system. Veterans deserve better. As we move toward providing health care coverage for all our citizens, perhaps it is time to incorporate the VA system into the private health care system?

Dr. Charles Ross

Roseburg


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