As of June 2018, more than 600 opioid-related lawsuits have been filed in city, county, and state courts across the U.S. The Justice Department is helping local and state governments by providing data about prescription painkiller sales to support opioid lawsuits at the local level.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an accidental overdose on a prescription opioid medication, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: 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.
The Epidemic of Opioid Addiction
Since 1999, there has been a 300% increase in opioid prescriptions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with this increase, there has been a simultaneous uptick in the number of cases of opioid addiction and overdose among our citizens. In fact, opioid overdose is now the leading killer of Americans under the age of 50, CDC said. While many opioid addicts are forced to go to the streets to maintain their habits, nearly three-quarters of people with the affliction claim the problem started with a prescription drug.
Which Drugs are Opioids?
Some types of opioid medicines include:
- Codeine (generic form only)
- Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Abstral, Onsolis)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER)
- Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
- Morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Morphabond)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Oxaydo)
- Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet)
- Oxycodone and naloxone
Who’s Filing the Lawsuits?
The opioid epidemic has led to thousands of lawsuits filed against doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, blaming them for the skyrocketing increase in opioid addiction, overdoses, and drug-related deaths in the U.S. Many of the complaints have been entered by state, counties, municipalities, and Native American tribes, claiming the opioid epidemic has led to a significant increase in the cost of public health services, drug-related crime rates, and other negative effects on the public.
Opioid Addiction Symptoms
Physical signs that a person may be abusing opioid medications include:
- Noticeable elation/euphoria
- Marked sedation/drowsiness
- Constricted pupils
- Slowed breathing
- Intermittent loss of consciousness
On the front lines of the opioid crisis across the US: ABC News Video
Can I File an Opioid Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an opioid medication, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of prescription opioid drugs, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of addiction and overdose injuries, and death.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inability to sleep
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against an opioid manufacturer, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an Opioid Class Action Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was harmed by 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.