The Scope of the Opioid Problem
Opioid addiction is currently a worldwide epidemic. It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids across the globe. Americas Addiction to Opioids, Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse. The consequences of this abuse are apparent. Since 1999 the number of opioid overdose deaths has quadrupled. Prescription opioid injuries have now become more frequent in emergency rooms across the United States than heroin and cocaine overdoses.
Prescription opioids have become some of the most dangerous drugs in American and they are more readily available than ever. Over 100 million people suffer from some sort of diagnosed chronic pain. Opioids have now become a far too common response pain management and are frequently over prescribed. Further prescription drug companies have made huge profits from pain management and the sale of opioids.
The sale of opioids is on the rise and has become a global problem. This problem is made greater by the spread of disinformation and bad science released by drug manufacturers. Multiple states have filed lawsuits against prescription drug manufacturers seeking to curb this epidemic.
The attorneys at Burger Law have joined the fight against prescription drug companies. If you or a loved one have been injured due to prescription opioids contact us today to see if we can help.