What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone was first developed in Germany during the early 1920s, according to DrugAbuse.com. The drug was synthesized when chemists simply added oxygen to codeine, in the hopes that the new product would be as effective without the high risk of toxicity and stomach discomfort.
During this same time period, American scientists were looking for alternatives to opiate-containing cough medicines that were causing high levels of addiction among users. Researchers tested hundreds of substances and found hydrocodone to be the most highly effective.
How Does it Work?
Hydrocodone binds to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotion, increasing levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain’s reward area and producing an intense feeling of euphoria. This mechanism of action is why opioids are so addictive, and why it’s so difficult for many users to kick the habit.
Hydrocodone Brand Names
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What is the Opioid Epidemic?
More than 300,000 people in the U.S. have died from overdoses involving opioids since 2000, according to the White House. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died of a drug overdose involving opioids.
Hydrocodone Overdose Symptoms
- Clammy skin
- Slowed pulse
- Slowed breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Heavy perspiration
- Low blood pressure
- Pinpoint pupils
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Hydrocodone Side Effects
Moderate side effects of hydrocodone may include:
Opioid Abuse Statistics
Nearly 1/3 of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
Between 8 and 12% develop an opioid use disorder.
4 to 6% who misuse prescription opioids switch to heroin because it is more readily available.
About 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.
Opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.
The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70% from July 2016 through September 2017.
Opioid overdoses in large cities increased by 54% in 16 states during the same time period.
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual hydrocodone lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Hydrocodone 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 hydrocodone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new overdose injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered an overdose from a prescription opioid drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.