Opioid Epidemic in Missouri

Last month, the parents of a 17 year old honor student who died of an opioid overdose stood with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley as he announced that the opioid crisis in Missouri has gotten out of hand. Hawley called pharmaceutical companies out for what he called a “coordinated campaign of fraud and deception” that has led many Missourians to become addicted to opioids.

It is way too easy to become addicted to opioids. Often, the original dose that doctors prescribe is too high or the doctor prescribes the medication for a much longer period than is medically necessary – long enough for dependency to develop. Sometimes there is a pre-existing addiction that is not recognized or addressed by the prescribing doctor. The results of these errors are catastrophic. A prescription overdose death occurs every 19 minutes according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2016 alone, there were over 600 deaths from drug overdoses in Missouri and the vast majority of those deaths was from opioids. Most of the deaths involved young people. Opioid abuse in Missouri has skyrocketed by over 137 percent in the past decade and is still climbing. We have to stop this.

Opioid Injury and Death Lawyers

Missouri is the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program which makes it even easier for drug companies and negligent doctors to allow the opioid crisis on our state get out of hand. This leads to more addictions and more deaths. Sometimes, civil lawyers must work to make change. Sometimes, the only way to make that change is through lawsuits. If not for the civil lawyers, cars would not have seat belts, amusement park rides would not be inspected, and childhood sexual abuse within institutions would still be a secret.

Burger Law is ready to take on the pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, pharmacies and doctors to stop this opioid crisis. It’s time to make change. Please, call us up if you have been touched by this crisis.

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