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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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