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The opioid abuse crisis in America has reached epidemic proportions. Unscrupulous doctors are prescribing dangerous pain killers in record numbers, and with little regard to the health and well-being of their patients.
Opioid abuse and addiction is a complex subject. While many of those who abuse prescription pain relievers such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, or methadone obtain these drugs illegally, many more are legally prescribed these drugs in unsafe quantities by their doctors or through shady “pill mills.”
According to the CDC, the number of opioids doctors are prescribing has quadrupled since 1999, as have the number of overdose deaths. This quiet epidemic has completely swept our nation, but lawmakers and regulatory bodies are finally starting to pay attention.
While nothing can undo the harm your family has already suffered, our law firm is happy to look into the facts of your case to determine whether or not a doctor’s negligence played a role in your loved one’s death. If we feel as though you have a valid claim on your hands, we’ll explain your options moving forward at no cost. For a free consultation, call us today at (214) 651-6100.
Drug companies aggressively market opioids to doctors, which has led to a dramatic increase in sales over the past two decades. While originally intended to treat only those experiencing short-term or intense pain, many doctors now prescribe these drugs with little regard to the patient’s actual needs or future health.
While they are designed to alleviate extreme pain, they are often prescribed to patients who only suffer from mild pain or discomfort. This type of marketing tactic has led to a dramatic increase in the sales of pain medications over the past two decades, while doctors have padded their pockets.
Because opioids are extremely addictive, many patients can become addicted in just a few weeks. While every doctor knows this, there are some who prescribe opioids when they aren’t truly needed, or who prescribe unnecessarily high amounts or dosages.
Under the law, doctors are only supposed to prescribe painkillers when there is a medical necessity. The same holds true for pharmacies and pharmacists who have a legal obligation to refuse to fill any prescription for painkillers that it considers questionable. There is also an obligation on the part of pharmaceutical distributors to not sell opioids to pharmacies and wholesalers it knows provides these drugs to patients who do not have a medical need for them.
While opioids definitely have their place and can be extremely helpful in certain situations, it’s important for patients to understand the risks as well. We trust our doctors to provide care and medical treatment, which is why it’s vital for them to act ethically when it comes to the prescription of dangerously addictive drugs such as Hydrocodone, Methadone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Methadone, Morphine, Dilaudid, Darvocet, or Fentanyl.
In cases where a child or loved one dies because of an opioid overdose, it’s possible the doctor or drug company can be held responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit. Our firm is experienced in handling wrongful death claims, and would be happy to work with your family to look into the facts of your case and provide some insight into what happened, as well as your options moving forward. Our goal in these cases is to hold negligent doctors responsible, and ensure they face consequences for their actions.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at (214) 651-6100.
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