Fighting to End the Opioid Epidemic
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die each day as a result of opioid overdose.
- The promotion and marketing of opioid prescription by manufacturers, wholesalers, and healthcare providers has contributed to the waves of epidemic opioid addiction now covering the US.
- Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. is representing governmental authorities across the country to obtain relief for communities ravaged by the opioid epidemic.
A Team That Holds the Opioid Industry Accountable
In the headlines and in the hallways of hospitals, opioid drugs are taking their toll on America.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die each day as a result of opioid overdose. Used as pain-relievers, opioids block pain pathways in the body to reduce the sensation of pain and increase feelings of relaxation and pleasure. Historically, opioid medication is used for acute and post-operative pain, and pain related to cancer and end of life. The promotion and marketing of opioid prescription by manufacturers, wholesalers, and healthcare providers has contributed to the waves of epidemic opioid addiction now covering the US.
Identifying The Parties Responsible For The Damage Of Opioid Addiction
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes the 1990s as the starting point for the opioid epidemic in the US. Opioid medications were promoted as safe and non-addictive pain relief by pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who marketed the medications to healthcare providers.
The resulting coast-to-coast opioid crises has left few families and communities untouched by tragedy. Just some of the impacts of addiction are:
- Devastating loss of life from overdose of prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl
- Increasing numbers of babies born already addicted to opioids, or who suffer abuse in the home from parents who are suffering from opioid addiction
- Rapidly escalating national medical expenses related to addiction treatment, care of persons injured or infected through opioid abuse, and prevention programs