Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

If you or a loved one were prescribed an opioid pain reliever and suffered an opioid related injury, contact our office today. You may be entitled to significant compensation.

Common Injuries Related to Opioid Pain Killers

  1. Death Due to Overdose
  2. Brain and Heart Damage Due to Overdose
  3. Babies born addicted to opioids that suffer from withdrawal symptoms as well as other medical complications
  4. Opioid Addiction that often leads the need for drug addiction rehabilitation, loss of employment, arrest as well as other circumstances and events that devastate the individual and their family.
  5. Patients that are prescribed opioid pain killers often end up addicted to heroin if they can no longer obtain their prescription opioids.

IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT

If you or your loved one suffered overdose or addiction from the use of opioid pain killers, the first thing you need to know is that it is not your fault.

Anyone can easily become addicted to opioids and even accidently overdose. The Opioid Epidemic in the United States was not caused by patients seeking relief from pain, the epidemic that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands individuals and destroyed the lives of many more was caused by a group of drug manufacturers that made billions of dollars from opioid sales at the expense of patients and the country.

The Opioid Epidemic Was Caused by Greed

Before 1980, doctors were reluctant to prescribe opioid medications due to fear of addiction and overdose and the companies that made opioid drugs did not see significant profits from sales of the drugs.

Hundreds of opioid lawsuits have been filed around the country. The plaintiffs who have filed these lawsuits claim that drug manufactures, in order to increase profits from the sales of Opioid drugs, set out to mislead doctors and the public about the risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioid drugs.

Lawsuits against opioid manufacturers also claim that the drug manufacturers used front groups, posing as independent medical, academic and public service organizations, to spread misinformation about the risk of addiction, overdose and other injuries related to opioids. These lawsuits further claim that the front groups disseminating this misinformation were often secretly funded by the opioid manufacturers that stood to profit from the misinformation that was being given to doctors and the American public.

Finally, these lawsuits allege that the efforts of the opioid manufacturers were wildly successful and sales of opioid drugs increased dramatically. Unfortunately, as opioid sales increased, the number of opioid related deaths and opioid addiction dramatically increased as well.  The chart below shows the increase in opioid sales, deaths and overdose from the year 1999 through 2010. The trend shown in this graph has continued despite efforts by the government to address the opioid epidemic.

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