It may start out innocently enough: a person is injured and sees a doctor complaining of back pain and that doctor prescribes opioids for the pain, perhaps underemphasizing the risk of injury. Opioid use has become commonplace in the U.S., resulting in a staggering new statistic; opioids are the largest hazard of people under the age of 50.
According to a recent report by The New York Times, preliminary data suggests that overdose fatalities may have topped over 59,000 last year, which is 19 percent more than 2015.
Opioids contributed to more than 61 percent of fatalities from overdoses in 2014 nationally. Certain states have very high rates of opioid addiction, including Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. It is estimated that in Ohio, approximately four billion opioid pills were prescribed between 2011 and 2015. Ohio is now suing five of the largest pharmaceutical companies that make prescription painkillers, charging that they knowingly minimize the risks of addiction.
New Jersey Opioid Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP Advocate for Victims of Opioid AddictionIf you or someone you love has suffered from opioid addiction and you want to learn more about opioid lawsuits, call the New Jersey opioid lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.