Over the last twenty years, the amount of prescription opioids sold has almost quadrupled, leaving thousands negatively impacted each year by the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than 46 people died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.
The National Institutes of Health identified the “aggressive” and all-too-often misleading marketing techniques employed by major drug manufacturers as one of the major contributors to the rise of prescribed opiates, leading to the widespread damage caused by a growing problem with opioid abuse at a national level.
Every day, families are left to suffer as drug manufacturers profit at their expense. A lack of regulation and monitoring of opioid prescriptions written has led to an exponential increase in issues stemming from opioid abuse, including but not limited to:
- Development or worsening of mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other personality disorders
- Bleeding ulcers
- Damage to major organs, such as the liver or kidneys
As part of a National Consortium of acclaimed lawyers, McHugh Fuller joined the team responsible for filing the nation’s first lawsuits in federal court against wholesale distributors of opioids on behalf of the public. Our team is dedicated to fighting to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the costs individuals and communities are subjected to as a result of the manufacturers’ actions in bolstering the opioid epidemic. We will work to recover those costs, including costs for opioids, social costs, costs related to addiction treatment, healthcare, and criminal justice, as well as lost wages or productivity.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of the opioid abuse epidemic, use the form on this page to contact the McHugh Fuller Law Group or call (800) 939-5580 today.