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Opioid Deaths Among Children Triple in 20 years: JAMA Study

Synthetic opioid medications have produced an increased mortality rate of 2,925% in children and teens since 1999, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

December 31, 2018 – The massively increased mortality rate 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 JAMA study found.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered an accidental opioid overdose, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Opioid overdoses were up dramatically across the board, with 15-19 year-olds showing the greatest increase — a whopping 252% over the respective period — however, even the youngest age bracket, children aged 0-4, increased by 225%.

The researchers also determined that the overall death rate among minors from opiates (both prescription and illegal) increased 268% from 1999 to 2016.

Pediatric and adult death rates both plateaued from about 2012-2014, with rates increasing again in 2014, which the study authors attribute to a tightening of regulations in opioid prescribing, and a simultaneous increase in synthetic opioid deaths.

2019 should be a dynamic year for both legislation and litigation over the opioid epidemic that now kills more people than breast cancer.

The nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies are facing a literal tsunami of lawsuits in the coming months that could total tens of billions of dollars in damages.

Thousands of state and local governments are demanding that Big Pharma pay the costs of responding to the crisis. They’re also pushing companies to publish their internal documents, detailing what they knew about the risks of prescription pain medications.

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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been harmed by opioides, 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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