Opioid Makers Sued As Overdose Deaths Continue To Rise
More than 600 state, county, and city governments filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers as of June 2018, and they are receiving help gathering data and statistics from the United States Department of Justice. On June 18, 2018, New York judge, Jerry Garguilo refused to dismiss claims filed by eight counties against several manufacturers of prescription opioids including Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, which now gives those counties standing to “sue over costs associated with opioid addiction.”
Opioid Makers Sued
There are more opioid makers sued as the manufacturers earn billions from the sale of their prescription pain pills that are behind the crisis and public health emergency sweeping through the United States. Tens of thousands of deaths occur each year as a direct result of opioid overdose. Town, city, and state treasuries are being drained paying for the destructive results of opioids. Families are grieving over the loss of loved ones, and a nation mourns the loss of future generations. Opioid makers sued for downplaying the risks of addiction and touting the benefits stand to lose millions of dollars if the states start winning the lawsuits. Since the 1990s, opioid prescriptions have tripled resulting in as many as two million Americans addicted to the drug and over 175 dying from an overdose every day. Opioid makers are being sued and held accountable.
States Suing Opioid Manufacturers
Brand name and generic opioids come from several manufacturers. The following list is not complete.
- Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest manufacturers of generic oxycodone.
- Purdue Pharma LP manufactures the painkiller brand OxyContin.
- Endo Pharmaceuticals manufacture Percocet and Opana.
- Johnson & Johnson manufacture Duragesic and Tapentadol.
- Allergan manufactures Kadian and Norco.
- Cephalon manufactures Actiq as well as generic opioids.
In addition to the opioid manufacturers, several larger drug distributors are also being sued because they “failed to report suspicious orders while knowing these customers were filling an inordinate number of prescriptions,” according to a statement by Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi. New York, Florida, Nevada, Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Arkansas are among the many states suing opioid manufacturers. Numerous state lawsuits have been filed against Purdue Pharma and other manufacturers, marketers, and distributors. Some large cities (Los Angeles CA, Alexandria VA) and state counties are adding their own independent law suits to the ever-growing list.
The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions with 42,000 opioid-related deaths in 2016, and the number is on the rise. In 2016, opioids killed 8,000 more people than guns (including justified police and self-defense shootings). The primary factor behind the surge in overdose deaths is the dramatic increase in opioid painkiller prescriptions. Cocaine, once the number one cause of overdose deaths, has dropped low on the list behind benzodiazepines (for anxiety and insomnia), heroin, and opioids. The flooding of the United States with cheap and more potent heroin has increased the severity of the opioid crisis due to the lower price, availability, and the fact it is easier to get than a prescription refill. The illegal drug trade in the United States is dominated by Mexican and Colombian heroin suppliers. Smuggled fentanyl from China is often added to the illegal opioids and makes them a life-threatening mixture so potent that an individual can overdose and die on the first use.
If you, a loved one, or friend is dependent or addicted to opioids, it’s essential to get help as soon as possible. Postponing help for even a day could result in overdose. Call Better Addiction Care (BAC) at 1.800.429.7690 and speak with an addiction rehab specialist. BAC provides a free service that will help you connect with the right addiction treatment facility to start you down the road to recovery. Without help opioids will take away everyone and everything you love, including your life.