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Thirty-six new criminal investigations involving theft or unauthorized drug use by employees at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals were opened by the VA inspector general’s office from October 1, through May 19, according to data obtained by The Associated Press (AP). The total number of open criminal cases is 108. In February 2017, AP previously reported a significant increase in drug thefts at federal hospitals, mostly at VA facilities, in which doctors, nurses, or pharmacy staff siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales. Criminal investigators indicated the need for continuing drug diversion prevention efforts. The VA attributes many drug loss cases to reasons other than employee theft, such as drugs lost in transit.