Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat to Traumatized War Vets: Study

Those with mental health issues more likely to be prescribed highly addictive meds, research shows

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The Department of Veterans Affairs, acknowledging concerns about prescription drug abuse, said in a statement Tuesday that it welcomes this study. "While this research acknowledges that VA is a leader in providing therapy for PTSD and pain, we recognize that more work remains," the statement said.

That work includes teaming up primary care physicians with nurses, mental health providers, pharmacists and social workers, the VA said.

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For more information on PTSD, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

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