By: Enrique Serna
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Prescription Opioid Drugs Manufacturing, Marketing, Distribution and Sales Practices Litigation
Did you know: The Opioid Epidemic Ravaging the U.S.
Prescription opioid drugs are estimated to kill upwards of 100 Americans per day — over 36,000 Americans per year. Health services providers pay billions of dollars each year both in payments for unnecessary and harmful prescriptions of the drugs themselves and the costs of treating the diseases and injuries they cause. Accidental drug overdose deaths, of which at least two-thirds are opioid overdoses, are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The economic burden caused by opioid abuse in the United States is approximately $78.5 billion, including lost productivity and increased social services, health insurance costs, increased criminal justice presence and strain on judicial resources, and substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation.
Opioid manufacturing and distributing companies systematically and repeatedly disregarded the health and safety of their customers and the public. Charged by law to monitor and report dangerous behavior, they failed to do so in favor of maximizing corporate profits and increasing their market share. Corporate greed and callous indifference to known, serious potential for human suffering have caused this public health crisis. Defendants helped unleash a healthcare crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in this country.