Opioid safety act in honor of U.S. marine

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Washington, D.C. -- They fight for our lives overseas and when they return home they expect their own to be taken care of. But Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R- W. Va) said it’s their own safety that is in jeopardy.
“We’re not satisfied that the VA is actually looking at what are the inner reactions of the different drugs,” Capito said.
Last August, a U.S. Marine Veteran at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin died after being prescribed a toxic mixture of drugs. That is why Senator Capito joined with Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin to introduce the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act. Together they want to address the problem of overprescribing practices at VA clinics across the country.
“It means working on training, transparency, making sure we’re doing the best advocacy for our patients,” Capito said.
The act requires stronger opioid prescribing guidelines and education for VA providers. It increases coordination and communication throughout the VA, and holds the VA system accountable for care and quality standards.
”Before you give a prescription of a opioid or pain killer that we would use an alternative,” Senator Joe Manchin (D- W. Va) said.
Senator Joe Manchin also of West Virginia talked with us about opioid abuse within the VA Medicial Center and in our communities. He says it’s an issue not only in West Virginia but across the U.S. Senator Capito agrees.
“We can do much better and we can make sure that these tragic outcomes don’t keep happening,” Capito said.
For more information on this act go to: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/download/?id=54994cae-4b5e-482f-abb3-b301284228cf&download=1

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