The federal government’s effort to reduce opioid painkiller prescriptions among U.S. veterans has left many of them struggling with chronic pain, the Star Tribune reports.
The Minneapolis VA Medical Center has been cutting dosages and cancelling prescriptions, and instead steering many veterans to alternative therapies such as yoga and acupuncture. But these services are in short supply. The medical center has one chiropractor on staff for the more than 90,000 veterans it serves annually.
While prescription drug addiction among veterans dropped after the policy change, veterans say they are left to deal with pain on their own, or seek other sources to relieve their pain, the newspaper reports.