Official cites area health issues in VA prescriptions
The Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center prescribed powerful painkillers at the second-highest rate in the nation from 2001 to 2012, according to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The center compiled data from the U.S. Census and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its report.
Brenda Rappold, chief of pharmacy at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center, speaks with Dr. John Berryman, the center's chief of staff. Each acknowledges there is abuse of prescription pain pills, but said the VA emphasizes appropriate use of the powerful medication.