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Prescription Mismanagement and the Risk of Veteran Suicide, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 10, 2015   [open pdf - 541KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the June 10, 2015 hearing "Prescription Mismanagement and the Risk of Veteran Suicide" held before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. From the testimony of Dr. Carolyn Clancy: "Chronic pain, which is a major health problem for Servicemembers and Veterans, is also a national public health problem as outlined in the 2011 study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). At least 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. The IOM study describes in detail many concerns about pain management, including system-wide deficits in the training of our Nation's health care professionals in pain management and the problems caused by a fragmented health care system. The over-use and misuse of opioids for pain management in the United States are a consequence of a health care system that continues to struggle with these challenges. About 30% of the U.S. adult population experiences chronic pain, a large number to manage. The problem of chronic pain in the VA is even more daunting with 50% to 60% of Veteran patients experiencing chronic pain due to battle field and other service related injuries. It is important to note that nationally, most patient deaths from overdose are unintended. Many Veterans have also incurred head injuries, collectively referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can compound psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from their experiences. The combination of pain, a head injury and mental health disorder can further degrade quality of life for Veterans and their families, increasing the risk for overdose, substance abuse, and suicide." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carolyn Clancy, Michael Valentino, Harold Kudler, Randall Williamson, and Jacqueline Maffucci.

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2015-06-10
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