Fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine — has been linked to hundreds of deaths and hospitalizations from unintentional overdose, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you suffered an unintentional fentanyl overdose, or a loved one died after using the fentanyl patch, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Ohio Doctor Linked to 28 Fentanyl Overdoses
January 29, 2019 – Dr. William Husel, a critical care medicine specialist and anesthesiologist at Mount Carmel Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio, is being investigated for his role in at least 28 “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” overdoses on fentanyl, a painkiller 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Husel’s medical license was suspended on Friday by the State Medical Board of Ohio, which said the allegations against him were so serious that he was not even allowed a legal hearing before the board’s vote, and can no longer practice medicine in the state.
What’s the problem?
Though many people had never heard of fentanyl until it claimed the lives of music icons Prince and Tom Petty within a few short months of each other, accidental overdoses on the drug have been killing thousands of people each year. From 2013 to 2014, for example, the number of deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses skyrocketed 80%, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
What is Fentanyl and Why is it so Addictive?
Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid analgesic prescribed for the treatment of chronic and severe pain. Pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Street versions of the drug are often mixed with heroin and can be even more potent, and thus, more dangerous. Because fentanyl is such a strong opiate, the chances of overdose occurring are greater than the vast majority of other medications.
How Easy is it to Overdose on Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is so potent that while most drugs are measured in grams (g) or milligrams (mg), doses of fentanyl are measured in micrograms (mcg). This makes the drug extremely easy to overdose on, and can even cause adverse events in people who come into accidental contact with it, such as first responders and law enforcement officials.
Symptoms of a Fentanyl Overdose
- Slowed heartbeat
- Slowed breathing
- Pinpoint pupils
- Cold, clammy skin
- Skin rash
- Upset Stomach
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty urinating
Warning Signs of Addiction
Signs and symptoms of fentanyl addiction may include:
- Using fentanyl for longer than necessary
- Taking time and expending resources trying to get the drug
- Dropping important obligations in order to procure / get high
- Going to different doctors to get the same prescription
Do I Have a Fentanyl Overdose Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in fentanyl overdose lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had a fentanyl overdose, or a loved one died after using the pain patch, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.