It’s no secret that there is an opioid epidemic in America and unfortunately, that epidemic did not miss Indiana. When we look to find the causes of the increased opioid use in our country, it often comes back to the manufacturers and distributors of that drug.
It’s an unfortunate fact that the first time many opioid users get their hands on the drug is when they are prescribed it by their doctors as a pain reliever. Opioid addiction not only hurts the user, but everyone around them, and can lead to death, brain damage, heart damage, loss of employment, addiction to hard drugs such as heroin, and more.
How Did This Happen?
Opioid manufacturers knew the risks associated with opioids, especially their high chance of addiction. But, to increase profits, the manufacturers of these drugs misled doctors into thinking that that the risk of addiction wasn’t, in fact, as bad as people once thought. Because of this, doctors began to feel more comfortable prescribing opioids as a form of pain reliever to patients who were suffering. Since this first began in the 90’s, deaths and addictions to opioids has increased dramatically.
What Can I Do?
Dealing with an addiction is not an easy feat, but you do not have to handle it alone. Often, an addiction will trickle down, hurting the children, the families and the friends of those affected. If you or a loved one was prescribed opioids for pain relief and became addicted, overdosed or had an injury directly related to opioid use, contact our attorneys today. It’s time that the manufacturers of these drugs be held responsible for their negative actions and we will fight to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering and loss.