Every single day in the United States alone, more than 115 people die of an overdose of opioids. These numbers have skyrocketed the past few years thanks to an increase in prescriptions and access to the drugs. In fact, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids in 2012. This is enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicines1.
The astounding numbers about addiction and abuse are truly alarming. That’s why it’s not surprising that people from all aspects of society are worried about the opioid epidemic plaguing the country.
But, there is hope for justice. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by individuals, cities, states, and the federal government related to opioid drugs. The targets of these lawsuits range from the distributors and manufacturers of opioids to doctors and pharmacies.
Find out more about the opioid crisis and how lawsuits may be offering a chance for some people to get their lives back on track.