MADISON, Wis. — The family of a Marine veteran who died from a toxic mix of more than a dozen drugs at a U.S. Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wisconsin, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government.
The federal lawsuit alleges VA caregivers improperly prescribed and administered drugs to Jason , who died in 2014. It also alleges the VA failed to provide adequate emergency care for when he was found unresponsive and failed to adequately diagnose his mental health and substance abuse problems.
The lawsuit filed Monday by wife seeks unspecified compensation.
Neither a Justice Department attorney listed in court documents nor a VA representative could be immediately reached for comment.
Last year, the VA’s inspector general ruled that deficiencies in care led to death. One physician was fired.
National outcries have spurred as a result of this case and recently, a VA Reform Bill passed Congress to help prevent Opioid abuse. The bill, originally drafted as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, expands the availability of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, bolsters prescription drug monitoring programs and shifts some criminal justice resources toward addiction treatment.