Fentanyl is the most powerful opioid ever mass-marketed. It is powerful enough to quell pain that other drugs cannot. It is available in a variety of easy-to-deliver methods, including patches and lollipops. However, most significant of all is the fact that a dose of fentanyl the size of a grain of sand can be fatal.
Originally designed to ease the pain of terminal cancer patients, fentanyl is now claiming lives at the rate of an epidemic. In New Jersey, fentanyl can be prescribed after something as simple as tonsil removal.
Today, fentanyl is being prescribed for reasons that are way beyond its original intended use. Doctors treating something as minor as a child’s cold or a bad knee can prescribe this powerful, lethal drug, and they are doing so at an alarming rate.
Knowing this, why would doctors prescribe such a potentially dangerous drug in situations where it really is not necessary? It could be because pharmaceutical companies are spending a fortune to market their drugs to doctors, and that seems to be one of the reasons doctors overprescribe fentanyl. For example, between 2013 and 2015 in New Jersey, family practitioners filed at least five times as many claims for fentanyl as oncologists did.
While doctors and drug companies reap the benefits, patients are suffering needlessly. If you or someone you love has been affected by fentanyl and you want to learn more about opioid lawsuits, please 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, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.