If you or a loved one were prescribed an opioid pain reliever and suffered an opioid-related injury, contact a personal injury attorney with our office today. You may be entitled to significant compensation.
Common Injuries Related to Opioid Pain Killers
If you or your loved one suffered overdose or addiction from the use of opioid painkillers, the first thing you need to know is that it is not your fault.
Anyone can easily become addicted to opioids and even accidentally overdose. The Opioid Epidemic in the United States was not caused by patients seeking relief from pain, the epidemic that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands individuals and destroyed the lives of many more was caused by a group of greedy drug manufacturers that made billions from opioid sales at the expense of patients and the country.
Before 1980, doctors were reluctant to prescribe opioid medications due to fear of addiction and overdose and the companies that made opioid drugs did not see significant profits from sales of the drugs.
Opioid Lawsuits claim that drug manufacturers, in order to increase their profits from the sales of Opioid drugs, set out to mislead doctors and the public about the risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioid drugs.
Lawsuits against opioid manufacturers also claim that the drug manufacturers used front groups, that posed as independent medical, academic and public service organizations to spread their lies and misinformation about the risk of addiction, overdose and other injuries related to opioids. These front groups were often secretly funded by the opioid manufacturers that stood to profit from the misinformation that was being fed to doctors and the American public.
The efforts of the opioid manufacturers were wildly successful and sales of opioid drugs increased dramatically. Unfortunately, as opioid sales increased, the number of opioid-related deaths and opioid addiction dramatically increased as well. The chart below shows the increase in opioid sales, deaths, and overdose from the year 1999 through 2010. The trend shown in this graph has continued despite efforts by the government to address the opioid epidemic.
If you or a loved one was prescribed an opioid painkiller and overdosed, became addicted or experienced any opioid-related injury, contact our office today.
The greed of a small group of companies, who made billions while you and your loved ones suffered must be held accountable and provide compensation to the individuals and families they have harmed.
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