‘We’re going to take care of our veterans’: Vet group vows to help veterans with prescription opioid pills
The American Legion, a national veterans group, is asking its members to take advantage of the availability of free prescription opioid drugs for their veterans.
The group said on Tuesday that it will distribute $1,500 worth of opioid painkillers free to members in the U.S. and abroad.
“Our vets have served with honor and sacrifice, and we have every right to know what’s in the prescription medicine they receive,” said Jim Dutko, the group’s national director.
“We’re asking all veterans to use these drugs in an emergency to ease their pain and keep them safe.”
Veterans are the most commonly prescribed prescription drugs, with more than 40 million prescriptions written in 2015, according to the VA.
A similar amount was issued in the first quarter of this year, according the VA, with the most recent data available in September.