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Opioids Tied To Addiction & Death

Opioid Addiction – What They Knew, When They Knew It

The opioid addiction epidemic has been growing and plaguing millions of people for decades. Many claim its origin to a letter published in the respected New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 in which Boston University Medical Center researchers stated that, “despite widespread use of narcotic drugs in hospitals, the development of addiction is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” This gave the green light for countless doctors to write millions of opioid prescriptions without being fully aware of the danger they were putting their patients in. Worse yet, the pharmaceutical companies deliberately downplayed the potential for addiction while greatly increasing their marketing budgets to promote their products.

What They Knew

The statistics on opioid use are staggering:

  • Currently there are an estimated 8 million Americans on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain and about one million are taking dangerously high doses. Some studies have shown that 25 percent of these patients may exhibit some level drug misuse.
  • Opioid use has quadrupled since 1999.
  • The U.S. consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids.
  • The Center for Disease Control reports that 145 people die in the United States each day due to prescription painkillers and heroin.
  • Four out of five heroin users started using illegal drugs when their prescription painkillers became too expensive or difficult to get.

When They Knew It

Opium use and it’s euphoric effects have been cited since 3400 BC. The Bayer Company of Germany introduced heroin for medical use in 1898. Oxycodone is synthesized from thebaine, a third component of opium. The addictive nature of this drug has been known for centuries, and here is just an example of OxyContin gives a glimpse into the modern day crisis:

1995 – The FDA approves OxyContin and yet Purdue Pharma conducted no clinical studies on how addictive or prone to abuse the drug might be. However, the FDA approves a package insert for OxyContin announcing that it’s less addictive than rival painkillers because of its unique delayed absorption formula.

1999 – Purdue Pharma funded a study that found that 13 percent of patients who used OxyContin for headaches became addicted to the medication, and yet failed to warn patients.

2003 – The FDA sends Perdue Pharma a warning letter about overstating the safety of OxyContin.

2007 – Three senior executives from the manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue of  Pharma, pleaded guilty to misleading regulators, doctors, and patients about the addiction risk of their product.

2015 – Prescription opioid sales reach $9.6 billion.

What Can You Do?

Here is a list of common prescription opioids may cause addiction:

Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze, OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Tylox, Dilaudid, Fiorional with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine, Empirin with Codeine, Roxanol, Duramorph, Demerol, Viberzi

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland schedules trial dates for early 2019 for three lawsuits filed against drug companies concerning the nation’s opioid epidemic. Polster is presiding over more than 400 federal lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors in this bellwether case.

Many claims are being made by patients because drug manufacturers overstated the benefits of their opioid medications while minimizing the risks and dangers of addiction. Moreover, distributors failed to properly monitor suspicious orders of painkillers which also contributed to this excess of opioid prescriptions. If you or a loved one suffers from an opioid addiction, please contact us today. We may be able to help you to make a claim against these pharmaceutical companies who put profits over people’s lives.

Opioid Warnings In The News

BREAKING (7/5/18): The Fight Against Opioid Companies Continues to Escalate

The controversy pertaining to the Opioid Crisis continues to heat up as additional states are filing lawsuits against the various pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, hundreds of individual cases are being consolidated into bellwether trials scheduled for 2019. As more information is being gathered, it will undoubtedly prove how devastating this drug truly is.

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BREAKING (6/26/18): Walgreens Being Sued in Kentucky for Role in Opioid Crisis

 

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the State of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Andy Beshear, filed a lawsuit against Walgreens with the premise that the popular drug store is a contributor to the current opioid crisis as both a pharmacy chain and as a wholesale drug distributor. Beshear claims that Walgreens used, “unlawful business practices” to promote these potentially harmful medications to the people of Kentucky.

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4/17/18: Sessions Tries to Put New Pressure on Drug Companies in Opioid Crisis

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed new regulations on Tuesday that could severely limit the amount of highly addictive opioid pain medication that drug companies can produce and force them to account for scores of illegitimate prescriptions across the country.

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12/21/17: Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

 

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday.

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9/17/17: FDA Warning: 41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they’re banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

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Filed Essure Complaints & Damages

3/29/18: Attorney General of the State of Arkansas v. Purdue Pharma Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc., Mckesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Amerisourcebergen Corporation, Anda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., H. D. Smith, Llc, CVS Health Corporation, And Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain— or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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3/19/18: State of Arkansas Attorney General v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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1/19/18: Attorney General of the State of Delaware v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain— or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

In recent years, the frequency of opioid use for both chronic pain and non-medical purposes has grown dramatically, resulting in an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Delaware lost 669 people to drug overdose deaths between 2014 and 2016, and the “main driver” of such deaths was prescription and illicit opioids. Nationwide, millions of Americans are addicted to prescription opioids, and tens of thousands die annually from opioid overdoses.

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12/21/17: The People of the State of Illinois, And Kane County, Illinois v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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12/19/17: Chippewa Tribe, The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe v. (MN)

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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11/30/17: State of Montana v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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10/12/17: County of Wayne & County of Oakland v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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8/15/17: State of South Carolina v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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8/8/17: State of New Hampshire v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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5/31/17: State of Ohio Attorney General v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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10/25/16: City of Chicago v.

When used properly, prescription opioids can help manage pain for certain patients. Despite their potential uses, these drugs can cause addiction, overdose, and death, even when used properly. When used to treat chronic pain—or when used for non-medical purposes—those risks are amplified.

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Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here’s What’s Happening in the News

This month IVC (interior vena cava) filters have been in the news quite a bit lately as lawsuits are settling and more claims are being filed. If you or a loved one has an IVC filter, here are the important updates that you should know about this controversial medical device.

Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here's What's Happening in the News

The Problems Linked to IVC Filters

For those who are at risk for blood clots and are unable to take blood thinners, IVC filters are placed in a large vein called the interior vena cava. The filter is made up of several metal prongs that connect at one end (almost like the frame of a closed umbrella). The hope is that the device will catch any blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart or lungs where it could cause extensive damage or even death.

The problem with the filter is that reports have been made to the FDA stating that the device can move causing it to puncture the interior vena cava. This device may also have prongs break off causing the pieces to migrate to other parts of the body creating excruciating pain and putting patient health at risk.

Lawsuit Finds in Favor of Patient with IVC Filter

Just last month an Indiana woman went to trial and won her case against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical. 53-year-old Tonya Brand of Snellville, Georgia, had an IVC filter surgery in 2009 and in 2011, a prong from her filter had migrated and pushed through the vein and the skin of her thigh. Other parts had also broken off and migrated throughout her body but are unfortunately unable to be removed. After deliberating for 11 hours, the jury decided that Brand should receive $3 million to help pay for the financial hardships that her injuries have caused.

This is a landmark verdict for patients who have had similar problems with their IVC filters; this is the first case where it was decided that this kind of device has a defective design. This is also the highest monetary compensation that has been awarded for this type of case (a Texas state court jury awarded $1.2 million against Cook Medical in a failure to warn case in 2018).

Upcoming Case to Watch

The newest and most notable lawsuit concerning IVC filter injuries was filed on February 26, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This case is said to involve a woman from Missouri who was injured by the G2® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. The crux of this case is based on the issue that C.R. Bard sold a defective medical device and failed to warn about safety risks. Currently, there are 6,300 actions pending in this case. This means that instead of taking each filed lawsuit to trial, the verdict of this case will help to determine the outcome and compensation of the thousands of similar cases brought against C.R. Bard.

Should You File a Claim?

There are now over 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against IVC filter manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation, Rex Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun and more. Clearly, hundreds of thousands of people had their lives put in jeopardy and thousands suffered from the terrifying effects of their broken filters. Profits were put before people and if you were injured, you should consider filing a claim to receive financial compensation due to high medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary hardships that you had to endure.

If you had an IVC filter placed in your body between 2005 – 2017 and had it break or migrate, call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.

 

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“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in IVC Filter Lawsuit”. Legal Scoops. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.legalscoops.com/indiana-jury-awards-3m-in-ivc-filter-lawsuit/
“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in Cook IVC Filter Bellwether Trial”. Yahoo! Finance.  Accessed March 13, 2019. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/indiana-jury-awards-3m-cook-040408228.html

 

Study Finds 45% of Mesh Implant Patients Develop Autoimmune Disorders

Surgical mesh is often used in hernia repairs and in American women for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (it’s illegal in other countries to treat gynecological issues). These medical devices have been linked to complications due to mesh erosion which can cause migration, organ perforation, bleeding, and other serious issues. A new study was recently published that also linked surgical mesh to a high rate of autoimmune disorders. If you have surgical mesh or are considering a procedure that uses a medical device implant, here is the information that you need to know.

Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, closely monitored his patients and came to a shocking conclusion, “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as ‘brain fog,’ muscle and joint pain ‘fibromyalgia,’ feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” stated Dr. Cohen Tervaert. “Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

The Problem with Medical Device Implants

Unfortunately, complications can arise when any foreign object is inserted into the body. Similar symptoms have been frequently reported in patients who have silicone breast implants. “When a foreign body is put into the body, there is an instant activation of the immune system. It continues to fight the foreign body and eventually, over time, fatigues and becomes dysfunctional,” Dr. Cohen Tervaert explains. “Large-scale studies have shown that patients with breast implants have more symptoms of ASIA (autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants) and an increased risk to develop an autoimmune disorder.

Doctors have determined that patients are genetically determined whether or not they’ll have an adverse autoimmune reaction to their medical device. Dr. Cohen Tervaert found that pre-existing allergies were present in 80% of breast implant patients which just so happened to be the same percentage of patients who had allergies in his patient group involving mesh. While it seems like an obvious answer is to have patients genetically tested for allergies before having a medical device implanted, unfortunately a test like this does not yet exist.

Many patients recovered after having the medical device removed in situations involving breast implants, but this type of surgery is more complicated with surgical mesh. Tissue and nerves can grow in and around the mesh making it virtually impossible to take out the entire device for countless patients.

Discussing your concerns with your doctor and carefully weighing the risks versus the benefits are two ways to protect your health. Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. The sooner you call your doctor to address these issues, the better chance you have at recovery.

 

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“Surgical mesh implants may cause autoimmune disorders”. Medical Xpress. Accessed December 20, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-surgical-mesh-implants-autoimmune-disorders.html?fbclid=IwAR0cIcQsQyMQBaTwBCdv5q-kExUEkzteXXX9q9cDVby4VyOTHgcvbgF3qH8

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

A recent study found that 19 out of the 20 beer and wine samples studied contained small amounts – parts per billion – of Roundup. With such a minuscule number, there’s nothing to be worried about, right? Well, not exactly. Scientists have found that even 1 part per trillion of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has the potential to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt the endocrine system.

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

What This New Study Reveals

The United States Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG), a nonprofit research organization, tested beer and wine for glyphosate/Roundup to determine “how much Roundup we’re drinking.” U.S. PIRG tested five wines and 15 beers including common brands such as Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home wine and Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium beers. Here are some of their findings:

  • Peak Beer was the only sample that did not contain detectable levels of glyphosate.
  • The highest level of glyphosate found was in Sutter Home wine, at 51 parts per billion (ppb).
  • Even the beers labeled as “organic” contained glyphosate.
  • Large, conventional brands such as Coors, Tsingtao, and Miller Lite showed glyphosate levels above 25 ppb.  

This study came on the heels of a German team’s research which showed that Roundup occurred in every sample they tested in 2016. German brewers were appalled and a follow-up study in 2017 reported marked improvement. Hopefully, this will also be the case in the United States. U.S. PIRG shares that The Brewers Association, which certifies small independent and craft beers, even commented that, “Brewers do not want glyphosate used on barley or any raw brewing material, and the barley grower organizations have also come out strongly against glyphosate.”

The Dangers of Roundup

Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, have claimed for decades that their product is safe. However, many studies have revealed its link to cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed it a “probable carcinogen” and in 2017 California agreed. In September 2013, researchers from Thailand discovered that glyphosate could stimulate the growth of breast cancer and alter the endocrine system with contamination levels as low as the parts per trillion range. In October 2008, Swedish researchers determined that exposure to glyphosate tripled the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin called small lymphocytic lymphoma. The most recent evidence against Roundup and its link to cancer involved California school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson. Johnson claimed that after years of applying Roundup to the school property, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Toxicologist William Sawyer took the stand and explained that glyphosate bioaccumulates in the skin making it more permeable which allows it to be absorbed into the body. Johnson won $78.5 million in his case.

And Roundup isn’t just linked to cancer. Other health conditions associated with this herbicide include allergies, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s, gastrointestinal disorders, and more.

Roundup in Other Products

While it may not seem like having Roundup in your wine or beer is a big deal, it has additionally been found in a variety of other common food items. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their study in August 2018 which found that 43 out of the 45 oat-based cereals and snack bars marketed to children contained glyphosate. “The highest levels, greater than 1,000 ppb, were detected in two samples of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Three samples of Cheerios had glyphosate levels ranging from 470 ppb to 530 ppb.” The EWG’s child-protective health benchmark for daily exposure to glyphosate in food is 160 ppb.

If you love junk food, here are some other popular offenders with high levels of glyphosate:

  • Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips 812.53 ppb
  • Cool Ranch Doritos 481.27 ppb
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original 452.71 ppb
  • Oreo Original 289.47 ppb
  • Kashi Soft Baked Cookies, Oatmeal Dark Chocolate 275.58 ppb
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies 264.28 ppb

The Unknown

Part of the danger of Roundup and glyphosate is the unknown: how much of this chemical are we really ingesting? U.S. PIRG also states that the, “use of Roundup is growing at such a rapid pace that there is enough Roundup sprayed every year to spray nearly half a pound of glyphosate on every cultivated acre of land in the world.”

Maybe we should change our way of thinking: it shouldn’t be “let’s keep using Roundup until it’s proven to be unsafe” but “let’s halt Roundup until we KNOW that it’s safe.”

 

 

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“STUDY FINDS WEED KILLER IN BEER AND WINE”. U.S. PIRG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://uspirg.org/blogs/news-briefs/usp/study-finds-weed-killer-beer-and-wine
“Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.” NCBI. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
“Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?”. EWG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/
“Monsanto’s Secret Is Out: Glyphosate Is In Your Food”. Daily Health Post. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://dailyhealthpost.com/glyphosate-food/

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