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The concept of first do no harm has been a foundation of medicines -- pages.
But now we're learning many doctors and others -- for the nation's war heroes may actually be doing more harm than good.
Correspondent Douglas Kennedy continues our look at that toxic combination.
Of veterans and too many drugs.
It was in 2009.
When former navy corpsman Kelly Greece first overdosed on the medication.
Prescribe to or by a darker from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Her sister dar -- says the problem.
In your opinion VA doctors were writing too many prescriptions for too many drugs.
Absolutely they were dispensing -- by the -- -- -- included our overall climate then and -- call.
And at least fifteen other powerful psychiatric drugs.
Garland says her sister was hooked.
You know mental state was clearly deteriorating.
You went to -- VA doctors again and told them to stop prescribing her.
All these drugs I did it actually at one point and 2000 I actually.
And inviting only busted into the chief of staff's office and made him.
To stop his positions from -- -- from prescribing pills but the doctors wouldn't listen to -- left.
-- in 2010.
Kelly died of an overdose.
Her stomach full of drugs now increasingly used by the VA and military.
For uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
VA doctors for instance gave this zero call for the unapproved -- some of insomnia.
-- -- is only approved to treat attention deficit disorder.
Condition which Kelly did not.
-- side effects especially in Kelly's.
Instance we're devastating Broderick had that is star -- attorney who successfully sued the VA in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Thousands of drugs being dispensed every day.
For purposes and they were never intended to be used.
And it's having a devastating effects on the -- The VA refused to comment on Kelly's case directly but in court papers maintain the monetary settlement with -- Was not quote an admission of liability or fault on the part of the United States the DA says your sister's death was not the fault.
-- VA doctor.
Yes -- -- I I say it.
It infuriates me I think her and apple is inevitable and I.
Any human brain.
Could not sustain.
The chemicals that they were giving her.
She says that BA is using drugs -- were able to mask the problems that soldiers face when they complete their duty.
In Virginia Beach, Virginia Douglas Kennedy.
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