Across the US, hundreds of attorneys representing cities, counties, states and small towns, have filed lawsuits against opioid makers (such as Perdue Pharma) and distributors (including such everyday names as Walgreens. All of these lawsuits point blame at the various players for helping escalate the opioid addiction epidemic and seek monetary compensation. Now, attorneys have
A historic lawsuit has just begun in Oklahoma, aiming for Johnson and Johnson. The manufacturer is a large company that sells not only pharmaceuticals but also household products such as baby powder. Attorney General Mike Hunter says that Johnson and Johnson, the largest drug maker in the United States, helped fuel the state's raging opioid
Recently released emails from a trial in Connecticut show that Purdue Pharma, the manufacturers of the highly addictive painkiller Oxycontin, blamed patients for their addiction. The documents were released by the Connecticut State Attorney’s Office in the face of ongoing litigation against the pharmaceutical company. “Abusers aren’t victims; they are victimizers,” a 2001 email from
Dental painkillers are often a first exposure point for people susceptible to opioid use disorder. This experience, experts say, is often the first event that leads to addiction to opioids. But is it necessary? Young people are rarely exposed to painkillers outside of the ER. When you break a bone or sprain an ankle as
The Palm Beach Post unleashed an investigation last week connecting a cutoff in Oxycontin prescriptions to a rise in heroin overdoses in 20 states East of the Mississippi River. In 2010, South Florida had some of the most notorious cases of pill mills around – the area was considered a significant trafficking area for oxycodone.
Last week, Dr. Ernesto Lopez, from Long Island, New York, alongside his assistant and nurse practitioner were all arrested for a familiar scheme; they’re accused of operating several locations of their practices as pill mills. All three face 20 years in prison for writing what authorities say were millions of dollars worth of fake prescriptions