Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

From the Times-Tribune:

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared. Last week, a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp. was sentenced for stealing drugs for her personal use.

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