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Annual Cost of Opioid Addiction to the U.S. Economy: Half a Trillion Dollars

Late in October, Trump finally decided to acknowledge the seriousness of America's opioid addiction crisis. Considering that federal funds available to deal with the crisis total less than $60,000, his declaration – like so many of his so-called “actions” over the past 11 months – is meaningless. This week,...

A New Study Shows That OTC Painkillers Work Just as Well as Opioids for Pain Relief (and Aren’t Addictive)

There are many persons and institutions that bear responsibility for America's opioid epidemic, including drug companies and their distributors, dishonest physicians who operate “pill mills,” and even the Department of Justice. However, in too many cases, opioid addiction starts with a trip to the emergency room in the wake...

Insys Pharmaceutical Caught Intentionally Creating Opioid Addicts in Order to Boost Profits

It appears that are no limits to which Insys Therapeutics won't go in order to boost its opioid profits. Last week, the state of Arizona and health care provider Anthem filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the Chandler-based pharmaceutical company over its powerful specialty opioid painkiller, Subsys®.According to...

Department of Justice Charges 400 Individuals With Health Care Fraud: One in Four Were Peddling Opioids

This week saw the “largest health care fraud takedown operation” in the nation's history, according to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Over 400 people – nearly 60 of whom are licensed physicians or nurse practitioners – have been charged with health care fraud costing American taxpayers $1.3 billion. 120...

The Opioid Addiction Crisis: Crypto Currencies, the “Dark Web” and Synthetic Opioids

Current efforts to deal with the ongoing opioid addiction crisis in the U.S. have been focusing on the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market the product. However, a recent story from Portland, Oregon about an 18-year-old girl who died from an opioid overdose highlights another, even more sinister aspect...

Tennessee Jurisdictions Sue Big Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic

This past Thursday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that three Tennessee district attorneys are bringing legal action against Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt and Endo Pharmaceuticals, alleging that aggressive and deceptive marketing is contributing to the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. The plaintiffs consist of nine East Tennessee counties. Additionally, the complaint...

Litigation Begins Against Big Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic – Will It Work?

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached crisis proportions. On one hand, Big Pharma has been getting very, very rich by pushing these drugs at every turn; on the other, the federal government, beholden to the pharmaceutical industry, has been ineffective at controlling the problem.The Drug Enforcement Agency...

Opioids Don’t Care If You’re Rich or Poor, Black or White: Death Rates Rising In All Groups

Thanks to the epidemic created in doctors’ offices and medicine cabinets across the country, the death rate is rising in America for nearly every racial and economic group, even among Americans who are in their prime.When it comes to addicting opioids, the pills don’t care if you’re rich or...

Papantonio: Daily Death Tolls Caused By Big Pharma’s Opioid Epidemic

According to data by the Center for Disease Control, 91 Americans die every day from overdosing on opioids, in the form of both prescription drugs and drugs like heroin. But its that first class – prescription painkillers – that is a major cause for concern. America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio...

Cherokee Nation Suing Big Pharma Over Their Gross Opioid Push

Attorneys representing the Cherokee Nation have filed a lawsuit against the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies and distributors for what they say was a deliberate effort to flood Oklahoma communities with opioids.The Cherokee Nation is arguing that Big Pharma engaged in a deliberate campaign to flood vulnerable communities with highly-addicted...
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To review more information regarding the legal claims various governmental entities are bringing against opioid wholesale distributors and manufacturers, visit Opioid Info, a comprehensive webpage maintained by the law firm of Levin Papantonio.