Opioid Lawsuits – Individuals and Public Entity Representation
The Opioid Epidemic is a huge problem in the United States right now, and it is continuing to increase in size and scope. From 2000 to 2017, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Since 1999 the number of overdose deaths specifically involving Opioids has quadrupled. Opioid painkillers are highly addictive and carry the risk of overdose. This fact, combined with the skyrocketing numbers of Opioids prescribed to treat chronic pain, are part of the reasons Opioids have become so wide spread. The economic impact of this epidemic is felt at all levels. Around $55 billion dollars annually is spent in health and social costs related to prescription Opioid abuse each year and over $20 billion is spent in emergency department and inpatient care.
Practices of manufacturers, distributors and sellers of Opioid painkillers have contributed to the epidemic. Drug makers promoted changes in prescribing drugs just for short periods of time to prescribing drugs for long-term chronic pain. Drug companies and distributors spent millions on promotional activities and materials that minimize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain including providing funding to prominent doctors, medical societies and patient advocacy groups to win their support for the drugs’ use for chronic pain.
Fears Nachawati Law Firm represents public entities and is dedicated to helping states, cities, counties, school districts, tribes and individuals protect the public’s interest in defeating the Opioid problem and holding the bad actors accountable through the civil justice system. Our team is currently investigating and fighting the Opioid epidemic against multiple defendants and our firm remains dedicated to helping all of our clients.
Contact our Opioid Rapid Response team today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 866-705-7584 to learn about your rights and how we can help.