My husband and I are trying to get more involved in my veteran father-in-law's care since he has various health issues the VA can't seem to figure out. He's in a lot of pain and no one seems to know why. The VA sent him to another clinic to get this special high-octain pain killer. I'm honestly not sure if it's a branch of the VA or just some sort of pain center that takes his insurance. We're kinda just realizing how much help he needs and don't have all our ducks in a row yet. Anyways, he gets this medication and then calls my husband and tells him he woke up in in his car several freeway exits past his house with no memory of how he got there. My husband tells him he needs to tell his doctor ASAP and not to drive on that stuff ever again. He agrees. Cool. Fast forward a couple weeks and we get a call that he's in the ER. He says he tried calling the VA several times and they just brush him off. He called the clinic that gave him the drug and a nurse just said, "oh don't worry about it. You have an appointment in a month and we can talk about it then." He ended up getting in a major car accident (luckily his injuries were very minor). We took the pills away from him to be safe, but we don't know where to go from here. If I contact a patient advocate, will it just get him a DUI? He shouldn't have been driving and he probably kinda deserves one, but shouldn't the clinic that told him "not to worry about" his blackouts be culpable as well? What if the clinic just says he's a crazy old junkie and they never said that?