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MADISON, Wis. -U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she raised questions about reports of claims of over-prescribed opiates at the Tomah VA hospital but never heard back.
Baldwin responded Tuesday to a report that she knew about the claims for months. She said she sent questions to three separate agencies about the concerns but never heard back about a closed investigation into the matter.
Baldwin's office received a report on the problems in August from the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general. Baldwin shared the report with a constituent but didn't publicize it more widely until last week, after a report was published on the death of a Marine Corps veteran being treated at Tomah.
Baldwin then called on the VA secretary to order a comprehensive investigation at Tomah.
“We're very frustrated that we didn't have access to a lot of this information, but glad this reporting is uncovering more details and raising more issues that are alarming at Tomah, but also around the VA," she said.
A report published earlier this month stated that a doctor at the Tomah VA was over-prescribing opiates.
Two Republican state representatives wrote to Baldwin, a Democrat, asking her why she didn't do more with the report.
In a statement, Baldwin detailed her efforts last year to get the VA to look into complaints about Tomah.
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