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Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:25:12 GMT2017-02-21T22:25:12Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals....



Cases involving alleged drug theft at VA health facilities

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:08:18 GMT2017-02-21T08:08:18Z

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff - mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system - had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared....



TSA workers charged in cocaine-smuggling ring in Puerto Rico

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:08:38 GMT2017-02-14T00:08:38Z

Authorities say that security screeners and airport workers helped smuggle 20 tons of cocaine through Puerto Rico during an 18-year operation that ended only last year....