Marine veteran sues VA Medical Center, Congressman Phil Roe over opioid tapering policy
Johnson City Press
November 24, 2017
"According to Rose, one of the specific VA guidelines he finds to be disturbing was that “doctors should not take the threat of suicide seriously when a veteran is placed on a forced taper or denied pain medications.”
Robert Rose, a disabled veteran, turned his back on Congressman Phill Roe July 3, 2017 in an act of protest against the "opioid safety initiative."A Washington County man who said he endures constant pain from training injuries he suffered while serving as a Marine filed a lawsuit earlier this month over a forced opioid tapering policy that eliminates or severely reduces veterans’ access to the pain medication.
After Roe’s speech in July, Rose told his story to Press reporter Brandon Paykamian.
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