Prevent Accidental Overdose Among Veterans

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Target: Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald

Goal: End the over-prescription of medication at Veteran Affairs hospitals.

In the last decade, many veterans have died in the hands of Veteran Affairs hospital staff who were allegedly responsible for severely over-prescribing medication. Most recently, United States veteran Jason Simcakoski died of accidental overdose at a VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin while taking over 14 different prescriptions, many of which should not have been mixed. Sign this petition to ask Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to further investigate the Wisconsin hospital and enact legislation to ensure this negligence does not continue.

This tragedy is yet another result of a series of careless decisions by medical professionals who have supposedly devoted their lives to helping veterans. The Wisconsin hospital in question has a history of accidental overdoses and has allegedly fired several whistleblowers in an apparent attempt to cover up their practices. Unfortunately, it does not end there. Similar tragedies occur at VA hospitals across the country, sparking a dire need for change.

To end these wrongful deaths, doctors must experience increased regulation. It is not acceptable to quiet patients by adding prescription after prescription to their daily routine. Knowingly prescribing medications that should not be mixed together is perhaps even more unacceptable and demonstrates a lack of concern for patients and their families.

This situation must change immediately. Please sign this petition to urge VA Secretary Robert McDonald to save the lives of veterans by increasing regulation among doctors.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McDonald,

The over-prescription of medication by doctors treating veterans has become an epidemic that needs to end. Veteran deaths have been widespread; however, the VA hospital in Wisconsin stands out as particularly neglectful. Most recently, the accidental overdose of Jason Simcakoski has pointed to a long over-due need for change.

Doctors at the VA hospital in Wisconsin have a history of firing employees who have come forward with concerns. Not only is this practice illegal, it is highly unethical and suggests an admittance of wrongdoing.

More importantly, several veterans have overdosed who could have otherwise received sufficient treatment and returned to their normal lives. It is the responsibility of the Department of Veteran Affairs to properly regulate VA hospitals and ensure veterans receive the best care available.

I urge you to further investigate the Tomah, Wisconsin VA hospital and ensure veterans do not continue to die in the hands of ill-equipped and negligent doctors.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Veterans wouldn’t be overdosing if the government provided proper care. I don’t think they are “accidentally overdosing”. I believe they are miserabley sick individuals who deserve better treatment and recognition for their services so suicide is no longer an option for them.

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