“The Department of Veterans Affairs has gotten bad press lately, but it is about to make the drug overdose medication naloxone available to its patients nationwide. This time the VA is on the right track, but overdose prevention and effective treatment remain out of reach for tens of thousands of US veterans.
Dr. Elizabeth Oliva, the director of the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution initiative at the Department of Veterans Affairs, told me the VA is now making naloxone available to patients at high risk of overdose, mostly those in its residential drug treatment programs. It will make naloxone available to patients nationwide by the end of the year.
This is an important step. But millions of veterans are not engaged with the VA health system. The VA should give naloxone kits and training to vets and their families at Vet Centers, community sites where veterans gather for information, support and social events. The VA should also work with correctional facilities to reach veterans who need overdose prevention and ongoing health care.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – July 18, 2014