Relieving Veterans' Pain

On the debut pilot of Reveal, CIR's Aaron Glantz uncovered how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been prescribing highly addictive pain medications at an alarming rate – even to patients who are known addicts. Data obtained by CIR show how opiate prescriptions by the VA have skyrocketed between 2001 and 2012  – a 270 percent increase. You can see how many opiates the VA is prescribing veterans in your area in CIR's interactive map.

Since that report aired, we've already seen results. Glantz returns to Reveal to discuss a congressional hearing held in the wake of CIR's investigation and how lawmakers might address the spike in opiate prescriptions.

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