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Inspector General: Practice at local VA facility ‘may have prolonged’ drug dependence

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – An examination of practices at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System determined that the Chief of Staff “interfered with primary care providers’ opioid prescribing practices” and may have led to drug dependence for some patients.

The conclusion followed an inspection prompted by reports of concerns regarding the Fort Wayne health care center.

From the findings: The (Office of Inspector General) substantiated that on four occasions the Chief of Staff interfered with primary care providers’ opioid prescribing practices. The OIG determined that patients did not have identifiable adverse clinical outcomes; however, the continuation of patients’ opioids may have prolonged their dependence on opioids. Providers also reported experiencing pressure by the Chief of Staff related to opioid prescribing practices.

The report noted that six of nine goals in an Opioid Safety Initiative Update were met.

The findings may be read in their entirety at this link.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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