Opioids Addiction Lawsuit
Side by side with governmental agencies, counties and cities, thousands of U.S. citizens are filing lawsuits against the principal opioid manufacturers blaming them for the addiction epidemic. With over 55,000 Americans dying from a drug overdose every year, taxpayers and state attorneys decided to take action by pursuing a civil action against the pharmaceutical companies to stop them from poisoning an entire country.
If you are an individual whose life was wrecked by opioid addiction, or if you represent a governmental organization who want to sue a pharmaceutical company for poisoning thousands of Americans with narcotics, we’re here to help. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to provide you with a free legal consultation.
Bellwether Trial Date: Not Yet Set
Injuries: Ovderdose & Death
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What are opioids and how they work?
Opioids narcotics (or opiates) are drugs prescribed for the treatment of acute and chronic pain since they provide the most prompt and effective form of pain relief. Opioids act by binding to specific receptors found in the brain and other tissues, causing many effects other than just pain reduction. Long-term opiates use is, in fact, associated with side effects such as light intolerance, sleepiness, constipation and urinary retention.
These painkillers are prescribed to help patients cope with various types of pain caused, for example, by cancer, surgery, diabetic neuropathy, accidents and physical traumas. Up to 70% of the elderly patients and nursing home residents suffer from chronic pain conditions. Since these drugs can also cause a subjective feeling of intoxicating “high” and a sensation of relaxation and euphoria, many people keep using them illegally for recreational purposes.
Morphine and heroin are the most known opioid painkillers, but many more prescription opiates are available on the market, including:
- Oxycodone (Oxecta, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
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Why are these painkillers dangerous?
All prescription narcotics, even the allegedly safest ones, have a potential for abuse. Patients who need to take opioids to treat pain need to continuously increase the dosage since tolerance is developed very quickly. This vicious circle is associated with a high risk of abuse and consequent addiction. It is not so infrequent that people who developed an addiction to opiates would later turn to heroin, with obviously deadly results.
Misuse and inappropriate prescription are sadly very frequent, with life-threatening consequences in case of overdose. Many patients often die after long-term treatment with opioid painkillers, and a real epidemic is spreading across the nation. With over 793 million doses of narcotics prescribed in Ohio in 2015, every man, woman and child could be prescribed with 68 pills each. States such as West have overdose death rates which may reach up to 35 cases per every 100,000 people, especially when poverty and unemployment are high among the population.
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Why are State Attorneys filing an opioid lawsuit?
Together with countless citizens, many state and city attorneys decided to take the fight against the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture opioid painkillers to hold them liable for all the damage they caused. According to their lawsuits, the drugmakers only cared about profit when they mislead million of American taxpayers into believing these drugs to be safer than they are. Lawyers claim that the serious risk of addiction associated with opioids has been trivialized and their benefits vastly overstated.
Entire states have been flooded with these highly-addictive prescription medications, causing the largest drug epidemic in U.S. history. The toll has been devastating, with millions of families wrecked by crippling debt, people resorting to crime to obtain these drugs, and thousands of overdose victims mounting up year by year. Governmental agencies want the pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay the overwhelming costs of this crisis, including treatment facilities, law enforcement, jail expenses and public healthcare expenses. Many companies have been sued so far, including Teva Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson and Allergan.
Current state of the legal proceedings
Several local counties and cities joined the fight against the opioid epidemic, together with many other governmental agencies. Ohio’s State Attorney General Mike DeWine filed an opioid lawsuit Wednesday against several companies, following many other litigations filed by states such as Mississipi, Illinois and the Cherokee Nation. Many counties in California, New York
On December 5th, 2017, a total of 155 individual claims have also been consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804. To preside over them, Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland has been chosen.
On August 18, 2017, Illinois won a lawsuit against drug maker Insys Therapeutics, who settled for $4.45 million after a jury found it guilty of unlawfully promoting the medication Subsys. In 2017, Cardinal Health paid $20 million after the state of West Virginia filed a litigation claiming the wholesaler flooded the state with narcotics between 2007 and 2012. The same company already paid $44 million in 2016, when the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) found the company violated the Controlled Substances Act in New York, Florida
If you were prescribed an opioid and experienced the grievous consequences of becoming an addict, or if a loved one overdosed and died after using them, it’s time to seek justice.
Our lawyers are here to help you punish those callous manufacturers that keep pushing unsafe medications in complete disregard for patients’ health. Call us now, we will fight this battle together for the sake of our entire country.
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