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Is the Opioid Crackdown Backfiring?

Despite its well-sounding political slogan, President Donald Trump’s highly-publicized crackdown on prescription opioid drugs has resulted in hundreds of legitimate, chronic pain patients being deprived the medications they’ve relied on for years, in many cases with dire physical consequences.

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 against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

August 28, 2018 – Last year at this time, former law enforcement officer John Fowlkes told his wife he was going to kill himself, according to Politico. Fowlkes had been in nearly constant pain after his doctor abruptly cut off his twice-per-day OxyContin prescription he used for the excruciating back pain from a motorcycle accident 20 years earlier that had left him paralyzed, despite multiple surgeries.

“I came into the office one day and he said, ‘You have to find another doctor. You can’t come here anymore,’” Fowlkes said. The doctor wrote him a final script and sent him packing.

Fowlkes was understandably pissed at his doctor, as well as at the state and federal regulators who passed legislation that could allow him to be deprived of medicine he very much needed.

Hundreds of people who responded to a POLITICO reader survey told similar stories of being abruptly denied medications they had been taking for years — in many cases just to function at a minimal level — and left to endure constant agonizing pain in the name of a well-sounding political campaign slogan.

Opioid Crackdown Leaving Those Who Need Them Out in the Cold: FOX Business Video

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently been throwing the book at doctors for improper prescribing or fraud, charging nearly 200 doctors and another 220 medical personnel for opioid-related crimes over the past 2 years alone, the agency said.

Still, the number of overdoses keeps climbing. Nearly 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, about 50,000 of which were opioid-related, including legal and illegal painkillers, as well as street heroin and fentanyl.

Do I Have an Opioid 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 overdose injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was harmed by an opioid drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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