Use of hydrocodone and other opioid pain medicines has skyrocketed in recent decades, resulting in a nationwide epidemic that now claims more lives each year in the U.S. than breast cancer.
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What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is prescribed to relieve severe pain in patients who require round-the-clock pain relief. The drug is classified as an opiate (narcotic) analgesic. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Hydrocodone Brand Names
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What’s the Problem?
Every day, more than 115 people in the U.S. die from overdosing on opioid drugs. The abuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers such as hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone 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 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.
How Did The Opioid Epidemic Happen?
In an effort to maximize profits, pharmaceutical companies during the late 90s began a misinformation campaign in which they assured doctors and the public that opioids were not addictive, and as a result, healthcare providers began to prescribe them in vastly greater numbers than ever before. Consequently, this led to widespread abuse that quickly spiraled out of control.
Hydrocodone Overdose Symptoms
- Clammy skin
- Slowed pulse
- Slowed breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Heavy perspiration
- Low blood pressure
- Pinpoint pupils
Side Effects of Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone may cause the following mild to moderate side effects in some users:
Opioid Overdose Statistics
In 2015, more than 33,000 people in the U.S. died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illegally manufactured fentanyl. That same year, an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder.
Do I Have a Hydrocodone Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 Confidential 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 we can help.