The opioid epidemic is taking over communities throughout the United States, leading to addictions that ruin lives, and overdoses leading to deaths. The PH Law Firm works with a national team of opioid lawyers that believe that part of the problem lies in the over prescribing of opioid medications as a result of careless and negligent medical care. Our team currently represents over 100 cities and counties across the nation.
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THE RISE IN PRESCRIPTIONS FOR OPIOID MEDICATIONS
A huge part of the problem leading to the opioid epidemic in America is the fact that doctors have begun prescribing opioids, which are highly addictive pain medications, at a higher rate than ever before. To be sure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 1999 to 2014, sales of prescription opioid medications quadrupled. However, there was no reported change in the level of pain experienced by Americans. This means that doctors are prescribing more opioid medications, despite the fact that Americans are notsuffering more pain.
THE DANGERS OF OPIOIDS
Opioids are very dangerous painkillers. These drugs are hazardous for two reasons: First, they are highly addictive. In fact, drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin can be as addictive as heroin, meaning that once a person starts using them to treat pain, the habit can be an extremely difficult – or even impossible – one to break. Second, these drugs have deadly side effects, including health risks when used with other drugs or substances (like alcohol), worsening of conditions like sleep apnea, respiratory depression, and dependence.
Opioid addiction can ruin a person’s life, leading to crime, severe health problems, loss of employment, and more. According to Consumer Reports, about 17,000 people die per year as a result of opioid overdoses.
STRAIN ON LOCAL CITIES AND COUNTIES
Local officials are responding swiftly and admirably by increasing health service programs, first responder personnel, law enforcement training sessions, and supporting treatment centers. However, the opioid issue has far reaching effects on municipalities, affecting child care services, hospital staffing, environmental issues and tourism. Opioid-related costs will quickly affect a community’s annual budget and lead to unexpected losses.
Our knowledgeable legal team will offer a dynamic perspective and approach to achieve a successful result for your community. We will advise you on how to move forward to seek justice through financial compensation and injunctive relief. Our legal team will take on 100% of the expenses upfront; there will be no burden on taxpayers. Our legal team has the resources and skills necessary to deal with the complex legal issues and tactics often employed by the pharmaceutical industry.