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We represent Nathan Hughes’ family for his death from accidental opiate intoxication. Nathan’s story is unfortunately too familiar. He was injured at work in 2013, including a herniated disk in his low back. His doctor prescribed him pain medication. His doctor increased it over time and did not give him other alternatives.

Nathan was not consulted about the addictive nature of the drugs. Instead, he was prescribed more and different drugs with higher dosages. Nathan became addicted. His doctor ignored that.

So, Nathan switched doctors and began outpatient rehabilitation for his opioid addiction. He tried hard and it was tough. He received counseling and a methadone prescription to ween him off the opiates. On July 9, 2016, he died with lethal amounts of prescription drugs in his system. It was accidental.

Burger Law recently filed suit for Nathan’s death. We are suing is former physician, Dr. Creighton, and numerous drug companies including: Mallinckrodt, KVK-Tech, Impax Laboratories, Actavis Generics, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, and Par Pharmaceuticals. They acted together to get Nathan addicted then killed him.

We have also made class action allegations and hope to help other Missourians whose loved ones have been wrongfully treated by these Opioid companies and prescribers.

A third of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Between 26.4 and 36 million people abuse opioids and over 2 million are addicted to them. 75% of those addicted to opioids first took opioids pursuant to a prescription.

Further, 92% of people who die due to opioid overdose had been receiving legitimate opioid prescriptions from a health care provider for chronic pain.The number of opioids prescribed in the United States has skyrocketed in the past 25 years, and the number of prescriptions for opioids (like hydrocodone and oxycodone products) have risen from an estimated 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013.

The U.S. consumes the most medication globally, and accounting for nearly the entirety of the world’s total for hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin) and 81 percent for oxycodone (e.g., Percocet). By 2002, death certificates listed opioid analgesic poisoning as a cause of death more commonly than heroin or cocaine.

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