Opioid addiction has skyrocketed nationwide in recent decades, and our lawyers believe these powerful narcotics are being over prescribed and over promoted by manufacturers and drug companies. If you or a loved one suffered from an opioid addiction, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one were prescribed an opioid and later suffered an addiction that led to an overdose or other injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.
Update: Opioid Epidemic Linked to Decline in U.S. Labor Force, Study Finds
Feb. 13, 2019 – A new study published in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity has made a convincing case for blaming at least part of a recent downward trend in the U .S. labor force on prescription opioid medications. For the ‘first-of-its-kind’ study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, researchers at the University of Tennessee looked at causal effects of opioid addiction on the U.S. labor force after a number of employers began asking why no one was applying for job openings.
What’s the Problem?
Each day in the U.S., more than 115 people die from overdosing on opioid drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The misuse of and addiction to opioids – prescription pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl – is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the U.S. is nearly $80 billion annually, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Opioid Addiction Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse may include:
- shallow or slow breathing rate
- nausea, vomiting
- physical agitation
- poor decision making
- abandoning responsibilities
- slurred speech
- sleeping more or less than normal
- mood swings
- euphoria (feeling high)
- lowered motivation
- anxiety attacks
Opiate vs. Opioid
The terms opiate and opioid are often used interchangeably, but this is incorrect as they have altogether different characteristics. Opiates include natural substances and compounds that are derived from the opium poppy, such as morphine and codeine. Opioids are products that work by binding to the same receptors as opiates, but do not occur naturally, known as semi-synthetic or synthetic opioids. While synthetic opioids are produced chemically, semi-synthetic opioids are a hybrid resulting from chemical modifications to natural opiates.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Yes. Dozens of opiate addiction lawsuits are cropping up in courts across the U.S., filed on behalf of individuals and entities who claim manufacturers failed to adequately warn the public and medical community about the risk of addiction, overdose, and other serious potential health issues with their products.
One particular suit of note was filed in April 2017 by the Cherokee Nation. The sweeping class action takes aim at pharmaceutical companies, distributors, and pharmacies involved with prescription opioids. Companies named in the lawsuit include national pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, and major opioid medication distributors including AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, and Cardinal Health.
What Damages Could I Be Awarded?
If you or a loved one was harmed by an opioid addiction, you should contact our lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights. If we determine that you have a legitimate case, you could be awarded compensation to assist with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Additionally, if the conduct of the manufacturer is found to be particularly egregious, you may be awarded punitive damages to discourage other companies from conducting business in a similar manner.
Opioid Deaths Among Children Triple in 20 years, JAMA Study Finds
December 31, 2018 – Synthetic opioid medications have produced an increased death rate of 2,925% in children and teens since 1999, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The increased mortality rates associated with prescription opioids has resulted in almost 9,000 overdose deaths in young people over the past 2 decades, nearly tripling the number of pediatric opioid-related deaths during the same time period, the researchers found.
Do I Have an Opioid Addiction 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 opioid addiction 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 or a loved one were prescribed an opioid and later suffered an addiction that led to an overdose or other injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.