Authorities investigate possible opioid and other drug thefts by VA hospital employees – The Denver Post. In February, the VA announced efforts to combat drug thefts, including employee drug tests and added inspections.
“It’s still the same process,” said Glavin, who heads the local union at the VA medical center in Columbia, Missouri.
AP’s story in February had figures documenting the sharp rise in drug thefts at federal hospitals, most of them VA facilities.
The union’s attorney, Natalie Khawam, says whistleblowers at other VA hospitals have made similar complaints.
Drug thefts are a growing problem at private hospitals as well as the government-run VA as the illegal use of opioids has increased in the United States.
as mentioned in No longer able to crush U.S. pills, addicts turned to foreign ones.
In the past few years, drug traffickers have made counterfeit foreign painkillers and heroin more lethal by adding fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is sponsoring a bill that would allow people to import packages of prescription drugs from Canada.
New Hampshire’s Sen. Maggie Hassan, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken all support the bill.
There’d be little stopping a drug lab in China from shipping pure fentanyl or carfentanil straight to dealers or addicts in New Hampshire.
Indiana wants to buy thousands of opioid antidote drug doses
as mentioned in The state wants to buy 2,700 syringes and 5,400 nasal atomizers, which would be made available to agencies across Indiana.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qrZlxD ) that the Indiana Department of Administration has posted a request for bids from companies to buy the drug naloxone.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – State records show that Indiana is looking to restock supplies of the drug that treats potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin.
Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams has said communities across the state are having a hard time maintaining and paying for a supply of naloxone, which state officials say has risen sharply in cost.
State statistics have shown Indiana saw a more than 300 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths from heroin between 2010 and 2015, climbing from 54 to 239.
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