Number of Painkiller Prescriptions on the Rise for Veterans

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[Photo: Center for Investigative Reporting]

For years, reporter Aaron Glantz has heard stories from veterans like Tim Fazio about going to the doctor and coming home loaded with medications. Glantz started looking into the number of painkiller prescriptions being written by doctors at the Veterans Adminstration, and found that those numbers have been rising since the 9-11 World Trade Center bombings. Glantz is with the Center for Investigative Reporting and also spent time reporting from Iraq. He spoke about his findings with CPR’s Andrea Dukakis.

You can look at Colorado's numbers and the national results of Aaron Glantz's reporting by clicking here.

And Colorado Public Radio is looking further into this story and would like to hear your take on it. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is struggling with treating pain from war wounds, please share your story through our Public Insight Network here. Your responses are confidential.

And you can listen to Glantz's full report as part of the show Reveal here .