Opiod Addiction Lawsuit
In recent decades, the use of opioids has increased dramatically. Although opioids are generally safe to use over a short period of time, the narcotics can be addictive when used as a long-term treatment.
In the mid-1980s, opioid drug manufacturers began marketing the powerful narcotics as a long-term treatment for pain. Predictably, as the number of these prescriptions increased, so did the number of opioid addictions.
About 183,000 people have died as a result of an opioid overdose between 1999 and 2015.
If you or someone you love suffers from a prescription opioid addiction, you may be able to file an opioid lawsuit to recover monetary damages for the losses you suffered. Contact the opioid lawsuit lawyers at McDonald Worley for a free case evaluation.
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?
Opioids are in the same class of drugs as heroin. Opioids are effective painkillers, but they pose a higher risk of addiction than other narcotics because they can cause euphoria.
Some of the most-prescribed opioids include fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and oxycodone. These opioid painkillers may be sold under many of the following brand names:
- Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
- Lortab (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
- Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
- OxyContin (oxycodone)
- Percocet (oxycodone)
- Endocet (oxycodone)
- Actiq (fentanyl)
- Duragesic (fentanyl)
- Fentora (fentanyl)
- Anviza (morphine)
- Ora-Morph SR (morphine)
- MS Contin (morphine)
- Methodose (methodone)
- Dolophine (methodone)
- Diskits (methodone)
WHO IS AT RISK OF OPIOID ADDICTION?
Because opioids can cause euphoria, anyone who takes the painkillers regularly over a period of time can become addicted. Although many people become addicted to opioids because of misuse, opioid addiction also afflicts patients who are prescribed the drug for regular pain relief.
Middle-aged Americans may be at an increased risk of developing an addiction to opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 44 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in 2013 and 2014 involved patients aged 45 to 64. There is also growing concern about the risk of opioid prescription misuse in nursing homes, which puts elderly people at increased risk of opioid addiction and overdose.
OPIOID ADDICTION LAWSUITS
A growing number of people with opioid addictions are taking legal action to hold drug makers accountable for the dangerous drugs.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed an opioid addiction lawsuit in May 2017 against Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and other pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of engaging in expensive marketing campaigns that “trivialize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain.”
According to the opioid lawsuit, the pharmaceutical companies, “borrowing a page from Big Tobacco,” sought to influence doctors’ opinions about opioid safety. As a result, doctors are allegedly uninformed about the real risks of opioids and ways to safely prescribe them to patients.
The Ohio opioid lawsuit is similar to other opioid lawsuits that have recently been filed in Illinois, Mississippi, New York, California and Washington.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE TO FILE AN OPIOID ADDICTION LAWSUIT?
Individuals who have been affected by opioids are also filing opioid lawsuits against drug makers. These opioid lawsuits claim that the powerfully addictive drugs have caused plaintiffs to abuse the drugs, in some cases leading them to engage in criminal activity to obtain more opioid painkillers. Some plaintiffs claim they lost their jobs due to an opioid addiction.
Family members who lost loved ones due to an alleged opioid overdose may also qualify to file an opioid addiction lawsuit.
By filing an opioid lawsuit, plaintiffs may be eligible to make a claim for the following damages:
- Hospitalization and/or medical care expenses
- Emergency medical transportation costs
- Drug treatment program costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages, depending on the specific facts
If you or a loved one have been affected by opioid addiction and/or overdose, you may have a legal claim.