The United States is in the middle of a national crisis – an opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of thousands of Americans each year. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers we are concerned about the opioid crisis and are actively seeking justice and compensation for those who have been hurt by prescribed opioids. If you or someone you love has been hospitalized or passed away due to an overdose of prescribed opioids you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our experienced lawyers at Stone Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.
- Everyday over 130 people die from overdosing on opioids
- Approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for pain misuse them
- Out of that number 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder
- It’s estimated 4 to 6 percent of those who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin
- Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans over 50
What are some warning signs of opioid addiction?
Are you concerned that you or a loved one is becoming addicted to opioids? The following are some red flags to watch for:
- Craving painkillers after the pain has subsided
- Overusing the pills, taking more than the prescribed dosage
- Contemplating the use of illegal drugs such as heroin as a substitute for the prescribed medication
If you or a loved one are displaying the warning signs of addiction, you may want to reach out to an addiction counseling organization. The early detection of addiction can help stop the problem before it becomes too strong to resist.
Who is to blame?
Big name pharmaceutical companies have made billions of dollars by pushing opioid medications through extensive marketing schemes. Drug manufacturers are accused of misleading doctors and the public about the addictiveness of opioid based drug medications. They heavily advertise the benefits of the medication while understating how addictive opioids are. What has been the result? Countless of Americans are suffering the consequences of opioid addiction, while pharmaceutical companies continue to profit.
How addictive are opioids?
The pharmaceutical companies that are marketing these drugs have failed to make known the fact that prescription opioids are not that different from heroin. In fact, when analyzed on a molecular level the difference between them is almost indistinguishable. Heroin and opioids are synthesized from the same plant, their molecular structures are similar, and they bind to the same receptors in the brain creating euphoric effects. It is evident why there is a connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction.
What role have doctors played in the opioid crisis?
The pharmaceutical companies are not the only ones in the medical community to blame for the opioid crisis. Doctors have also been accused of overprescribing opioids or prescribing high doses that weren’t necessary for the treatment of their patients. Some commonly prescribed opioids are:
Doctors and medical practices have also been sued for pushing opioid medications onto their unsuspecting patients in exchange for monetary kickbacks from the drug manufacturers.
Pharmacies are another part of the medical community that have been put on trial for contributing to the opioid crisis. They have been included in lawsuits for ignoring suspicious prescribing patterns, and turning a blind eye towards doctors that are over-prescribing opioids. The reason for this is financial gain. The more customers that come into their pharmacy to fill prescriptions, the more money they make.
There are many companies that are facing lawsuits from families of individuals who have died of an overdose. The following are just a few:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Purdue Phama LP
- Endo Pharmaceuticals
At Jason Stone Injury lawyers we believe that the medical community should be held accountable for the damage they have caused. We are dedicated to our clients and want to help them achieve justice.
What compensation are you eligible for?
Medical Treatment Costs: You may be able to be reimbursed for any medical bills incurred due to overdoses, including hospitalizations, drugs such as Narcan and perhaps even the opioids themselves.
Lost Wages: Some have missed work from time spent in drug rehabilitation centers, or time spent in prison. If you missed work or lost your job due to opioid abuse, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This could also include lost future wages if you have been permanently disabled from opioid addiction.
Drug Rehabilitation Stays: Many opioid addicts have spent thousands of dollars at drug rehabilitation centers trying to overcome their opioid addiction. Some of that money may be reimbursed to you if your lawsuit is a success.
Pain and suffering: This covers a broad spectrum of damages. You could receive damages for pain and suffering, physical impairment, emotional distress or mental anguish that you have experienced due to your addiction.
Funeral Expenses: If you have experienced the pain of losing a loved one due to an opioid overdose you may be able to receive reimbursement for funeral expenses.
Punitive Damages: In some cases a judge will award punitive damages if they decide that compensatory damages aren’t a strong enough punishment for the defendant.
How can lawsuits aid in stopping the opioid crisis?
The attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers want to see an end to the opioid crisis that is plaguing the United States. We have seen how opioid addiction can destroy lives and tear families apart. The lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers have already forced them to make some changes in the distribution of opioids. It is our hope that the continued lawsuits filed against the medical manufacturers and distributors of these drugs will force them to make further behavioral adjustments.
The experienced attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers want to help. During your initial consultation we will sit down with you, listen to your case and help you make informed decisions about your legal rights and how best to proceed. Please call to schedule a free consultation about your opioid drug case using the contact form above or by calling us at (800) 577-5188. We are ready to take your call and help you get justice.