Opioid painkillers are powerful narcotics derived from opium, meant for the short-term treatment of severe pain. For years, thousands of individuals have been prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, and have become addicted or dependent on these drugs. It is well-known that long term use of opioids leads to addiction, and millions of people have had their lives ruined – or lost – from addiction and overdose.
The most commonly prescribed opioids include:
- Oxycodone: OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet, Endocet, OxyIR, Percolone, Dazidox, Endocodone, Oxaydo, Percodan, and Xtampza ER.
- Fentanyl: Subsys, Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora and Onsolis.
- Hydrocodone: Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Lorcet, Anexsia, Ceta Plus, Hycet, Maxidone, Stagesic and Zydone.
- Hydromorphone: Dilaudid, Exalgo
- Oxymorphone: Opana, Opana ER.
Heroin produces a similar effect as the above drugs. When the government finally cracked down on opioid prescriptions, many people who had become addicted to these drugs switched over to heroin to achieve a similar feeling—often with deadly results.
Since 1999, the number of prescription opioids sold in America has almost quadrupled. Over the same period, prescription opioid deaths have more than quadrupled.
In their marketing, opioid manufacturers misleadingly downplayed the fact that patients may become addicted when they take these drugs long-term. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows patients may become addicted after taking OxyContin for just ten days.
Addiction is an incurable, progressive and potentially fatal brain disease if left untreated. Pharmaceutical companies knew many people would become addicted to powerful narcotic painkillers, but they hid the risks to protect their profits. As a result, opioid addicts often face a lifelong struggle as they try to kick their habit, a struggle that can have not only psychological repercussions, but also severe economic loss. Addiction costs include not only the expense of rehabilitation and therapies, but also potentially lost wages and more.
Ventura Law is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of governmental entities against certain opioid manufacturers and distributors. Please contact our firm for more information.
The lawsuits against the country's largest opioid distributors have the potential to be one of the largest cases ever litigated against the pharmaceutical industry.
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