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Air Force Veteran says he struggled to get long-term pain solution from VA hospitals Submitted: 03/29/2015
TOMAH - Air Force veteran Jason Bishop says he has struggled in vain to find relief for his chronic pain at several Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including one in Tomah.


Bishop says the VA hospitals have offered him treatment, including prescriptions for narcotics, but few long-term solutions.

Bishop was one of thousands of veterans to receive the narcotic as well as a prescription for a benzodiazepine, a class of psychoactive drugs that act as a tranquilizer. Experts say combining the two raises risk of injury and death.

The Tomah hospital is at the center of multiple probes after reports of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior surfaced in January, allegations already affirmed by a preliminary report. U.S. House and Senate committees are to hold a joint field hearing Monday in Tomah.

Story By: Associated Press

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