I’m Robert Wilkie. I’m visiting the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial. The memorial is currently located here at the White House. It’s part of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.
In 2016, more than 46 people died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Today, 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.
WASHINGTON -- The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs supports a package of VA reforms Congress failed to pass last month and urged lawmakers Monday to try again.
Digitized records and DNA tests are allowing civilian volunteers to pitch in and help put correct names on unidentified remains in American military cemeteries.
According to the American Hospital Association, one in four Americans experience a behavioral health illness or substance use disorder each year, and the majority of those individuals also suffer from a comorbid physical health condition. Further, approximately 60 percent of mental health care visits are with a primary care physician and almost half of patients do not follow through when referred to a mental health specialist. Fortunately there’s a Defense Department program integrated into primary care clinics to help active-duty and retired service members and their families address some of these concerns.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) released the following statement today from its Executive Director, Carl Blake, in response to the removal of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin:
These are common stories. The fact is that families, friends, and healthcare workers often overlook their concerns about older people drinking. Sometimes trouble with alcohol in older people is mistaken for other conditions related to aging, for example, a problem with balance. But, how the body handles alcohol can change with age. You may have the same drinking habits, but your body has changed.
Scientists continue to unravel the complex brain changes involved in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It seems likely that damage to the brain starts a decade or more before memory and other cognitive problems appear. During this preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease, people seem to be symptom-free, but toxic changes are taking place in the brain.
HONOLULU – United States District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Cody Joslin, age 32, to 18 months in prison today for theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (the “VA”). Joslin pleaded guilty on October 24, 2017, to receiving VA benefits to which he was not entitled by falsely claiming that he suffered from combat-related injuries and trauma.
WASHINGTON — Officials from one of the nation’s largest Veterans groups are calling for President Donald Trump to remove the acting Veterans Affairs secretary from the post and instead hand over control to the department’s deputy secretary, saying that is “what the law calls for.”