No matter where you go in the country, including here in Ohio, a certain percentage of the population has a problem with addiction to opioids. This nationwide epidemic is wreaking havoc on people’s lives, and many are looking to manufacturers to take responsibility for the mess they created. This may be just one reason why pharmaceutical litigation against opioid manufacturers appears to be on the rise.
Did you know that the leading cause of accidental death here in the United States is from drug overdose? So many of those deaths are attributed to opioids that data indicates approximately 91 to 155 people die each day from overdoses of these drugs. Between 1999 and 2015, around 183,000 people died from opioid use, and estimates indicate the situation is only getting worse.
Many blame pharmaceutical companies and accuse them of falsely telling doctors and patients that their products were safe and non-addictive. Apparently, nothing could be farther from the truth. What begins as a way to deal with the pain of an injury could quickly become life-threatening, an addiction or both. Not only individuals are filing lawsuits against the companies making these dangerous drugs, but governments as well.
If you or a family member became part of the opioid epidemic, you may have reason to seek recourse through the filing of pharmaceutical litigation in an Ohio civil court. Drug manufacturing companies often have teams of lawyers on their side doing everything they can to defeat your claim. This makes having an experienced legal advocate on your side who is not afraid to take on these big companies could prove invaluable.