Article by Allison Neilson, Sunshine State News Reporter
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A Florida congressman is taking a step towards helping American veterans fight back against opioid abuse.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., introduced the Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act to combat a growing issue for some of the country’s most heroic citizens.
Opioids have become an unprecedented problem in America, but one group in particular -- veterans, many home from war -- are significantly more susceptible to falling victim to the deadly opioid epidemic.
Dunn’s bill would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to connect VA doctors and health care providers to a national network of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) which track prescribing data for patients prescribed drugs like oxycodone, morphine and hydrocodone to relieve pain.