St Louis Opioid Death Attorney
St Louis Opioid Death Lawyers. Burger Law represents the families of Americans killed by opioid addiction. Call us at 314-542-2222. Drug manufacturers lie to us about the addictive nature of opioids. Drugs prescribied by doctors that contain opioids cause: addiction, drug seeking, use of other legal pain killers and use of other, illegal drugs. Doctors should only prescribe powerful opioid pain-killers such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, or methadone (drugs with common names such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin) for short term, intense pain, including surgery recovery, and cancer treatment, but not to treat chronic pain.
Prescribing these drugs in high doses and for prolonged periods of time, in many cases can lead to addiction and other injuries, including dependence, overdose, and death. America’s opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands of Americans. It’s a national tragedy. And all of these injuries could have been prevented. Drug manufacturers of opioid pain-killers have advertised their products as being less addictive than they actually are. Drug manufacturers have sometimes alleged that these drugs are safe to treat chronic pain. This marketing has lulled scores of medication users and even doctors, into a false sense of security in using and prescribing such drugs.
If you or a family member or friend have been injured or killed because of opioid addiction, contact us using our contact form or call us at 866-599-2222.
What is an Opioid Drug?
Opioids are a powerful class of drugs which are designed to relieve pain. It is estimated that over 1/3 of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain and that somwhere between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide. As of 2012, it is also estimated that 2.1 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and See here one study has found that 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.
Why Should Burger Law Handle Your Opioid Claim?
- Our lawyers can travel to you to discuss your case
- Burger Law is backed by decades of experience with workers compensation
- We offer case evaluations at NO CHARGE
- Burger Law is listed as Top National Trial Lawyers
- There are no fees unless we recover for you
- Our opioid attorneys are recognized Super Lawyers
- We are dedicated to recovering well for our clients
- Our representation is aggressive and results prove it
Some of the most well known opioid prescription manufacturers include Purdue Pharma, Purdue Frederick Company, Endo Health Solutions, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson & Johnson.
Some of the most common opioid medications prescribed for pain are fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, or methadone. Common brand names of opioid medication include Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Hysingla, Butrans, Duragesic, Nucynta, Opana.
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, with the United States consuming the most medication globally, and accounting for nearly the entirety of the worlds 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.
Pharmaceutical companies creating these drugs and numerous physicians prescribing them have ignored the devastating effects of these drugs. Please see these resources for more information about the growing opioid epidemic caused by the companies and doctors.
Resources About The Opioid Epidemic
Here is an excellent online resource published by the US Centers for Disease Control on Opioid Overdoses in the US. Here are articles from CNN and CBS News on the Opioid Epidemic. Here is an article from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Here is an excellent article on the role of fentanyl in the prescription opioid epidemic. Here is an extensive article by the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/opioid-crisis-epidemic.html . In response to this drug epidemic pharmaceutical companies have suggested that the solution is simply to prescribe more drugs. See this article from the Washington Post.
There have been a number of documentaries produced that detail the widespread opioid epidemic in the United States. Here is a documentary produced by the FBI. PBS also has excellent information and a documentary, here. This documentary explains the proliferation of OxyContin throughout the US.
States Filing Suit
As the evidence of manufacture wrongdoing has mounted, a number of States have filed suit on behalf of their citizens, including Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio, and Tennessee, and even the City of Everett, in Washington State.