According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and protection (CDC), America is now in the grips of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 alone, more than any other year on record. Approximately 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid, CDC said.
Which Drugs are Opioids?
Some of the more popular opioid-based medicines include (this is just a partial list):
- And more
Opioid Overdose Symptoms
According to American Addiction Centers, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose may include:
- Marked confusion, delirium, or acting drunk
- Frequent vomiting
- Pinpoint pupils
- Extreme sleepiness, or the inability to wake up
- Intermittent loss of consciousness
- Breathing problems, including slowed or irregular breathing
- Respiratory arrest (absence of breathing)
- Cold, clammy skin, or bluish skin around the lips or under the fingernails
What Are The Opioid Lawsuits Alleging?
While all lawsuits are unique and have their own set of complaints and circumstances, in general the lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers contend that the companies knew or should have known about the increased risk of overdose and other significant health risks (like addiction) with their products for years, and failed in their obligation to warn the public and medical community about these risks. Instead of investigating these issues and trying to find a solution to the problem, the companies downplayed any and all association with their opioids and the alleged side effects, the complaints state.
Is There a Class Action?
A number of class action lawsuits have been filed in different states and local governments by people who claim they were harmed as the direct result of being prescribed opioid pain medication. These complaints are seeking compensation to assist with medical expenses (both past and future), lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages. If you feel you’ve been similarly injured, you should contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have an Opioid Overdose Lawsuit? Talk with a lawyer today.
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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new overdose cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one became addicted to opioids, suffered an overdose or another injury after taking the drug, you may be entitled to compensation by filing an opioid lawsuit and our lawyers can help.