Recently, in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, we had a Multidistrict Litigation hearing to decide if all current opioid litigation should be consolidated into one court case. There are now 160 cases pending across the country against opioid prescribers, manufacturers, and distributors.
Remarkably, last month there were more deaths from opioid overdoses than from car accidents for the first time ever in Missouri. Public radio station KWMU 90.7 discussed the growing opioid crisis and addiction in a segment which can be found here.
The Food and Drug Administration just approved a monthly injectable opioid product to try to treat opioid addiction. Let’s hope this helps people.