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New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA

Washington Post 2/18/15:

“Veterans who take narcotic painkillers are struggling to get monthly appointments at Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities to renew their prescriptions, as required by new federal rules.

The Washington Post reports restrictions adopted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last summer require veterans to return to their doctor monthly for opioid prescription renewals. The DEA restrictions are designed to reduce opioid abuse. The rules apply to all patients taking opioid painkillers, but they are particularly burdensome for veterans, according to the newspaper. Many veterans are being treated for extensive injuries they received in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than500,000 veterans are currently being treated with prescription opioids, according to the VA.”

Isn’t this the time for the VA to be providing Acupuncture for pain relief? The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture as effective treatment for pain. Research shows that Acupuncture also releases natural endorphins which are also released with the use of opioid medications. Yes, natural opioids! Not only are there specific Acupuncture protocols for pain, the NADA protocol ( has also been shown effective for the treatment of trauma and PTSD.

C’mon VA, get with the times….its only 2000 years old! AND…no side effects.

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