Burger Law represents the families of Americans killed by opioid addiction. Drug manufacturers lie to us about the addictive nature of opioids. Drugs prescribed by doctors that contain opioids cause: addiction, drug seeking, use of other legal painkillers 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. When these drugs are prescribed improperly and result in overdose or death, a St Louis Opioid overdose attorney should be consulted in order to file a personal injury claim.
Dangers of Over Prescription
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 and should be addressed with the help of a St Louis opiod overdose lawyer. 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.
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 somewhere 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, 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.
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.