If you live in this country, then you know there is a huge problem with opioids in the United States. Over the last year or so, many states have decided to file suit against the pharmaceutical companies that produce opiates. For example, Purdue Pharma is one of the hardest hit defendants when it comes to the opioid litigation.
In the last decade, more than half a million people have died from opioid overdoses. And this only includes the deaths that were reported as an overdose. A lot of people died due to their addiction to opiates in other ways.
Experts estimate that about 75% of all heroin users started out as legitimate patients who were prescribed opiates. Some of these medications were oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet. When these patients could no longer get their legal prescriptions, they switched to heroin because it’s so much cheaper and easier to get than pills.
The government and the CDC have listed the opioid crisis as a National Public Health Emergency. This is going to create an increase in the number of tort cases filed against the major manufacturers of opioids. Some of these cases are due to actual overdose cases. Others are filed by counties and local government because of the money they’ve had to spend to treat addicts.
Mass tort lawyers are getting involved in this litigation as well. While some of these cases have been settled, there are still a tremendous amount of cases still pending. The number of these cases is expected to go up in the near future.
If your loved one is hurt or injured as a result of a dangerous drug, you should contact our lawyers right away.