Fighting to End the Opioid Epidemic
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die each day as a result of opioid overdose.
- The promotion and marketing of opioid prescription by manufacturers, wholesalers, and healthcare providers has contributed to the waves of epidemic opioid addiction now covering the US.
- Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. is representing governmental authorities across the country to obtain relief for communities ravaged by the opioid epidemic.
A Team That Holds the Opioid Industry Accountable
In the headlines and in the hallways of hospitals, opioid drugs are taking their toll on America.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die each day as a result of opioid overdose. Used as pain-relievers, opioids block pain pathways in the body to reduce the sensation of pain and increase feelings of relaxation and pleasure. Historically, opioid medication is used for acute and post-operative pain, and pain related to cancer and end of life. The promotion and marketing of opioid prescription by manufacturers, wholesalers, and healthcare providers has contributed to the waves of epidemic opioid addiction now covering the US.
Identifying The Parties Responsible For The Damage Of Opioid Addiction
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes the 1990s as the starting point for the opioid epidemic in the US. Opioid medications were promoted as safe and non-addictive pain relief by pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who marketed the medications to healthcare providers.
The resulting coast-to-coast opioid crises has left few families and communities untouched by tragedy. Just some of the impacts of addiction are:
- Devastating loss of life from overdose of prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl
- Increasing numbers of babies born already addicted to opioids, or who suffer abuse in the home from parents who are suffering from opioid addiction
- Rapidly escalating national medical expenses related to addiction treatment, care of persons injured or infected through opioid abuse, and prevention programs
Manufacturers and distributors of opioid pharmaceuticals are the starting point for supplying and driving opioid pain-relievers into the hands and bodies of patients who may not have needed powerfully addictive medications. Seeking to optimize their profit share, manufacturers engaged in promotional practices that included:
- Amplifying the health benefits of long-term use of opioids for common conditions involving chronic pain
- Creating outreach campaigns through professional societies, scientific articles, and sponsoring medical conferences to advance the idea that opioid users were not at great risk of addiction
The wholesale opioid companies that distributed pharmaceuticals engaged in activities such as:
- Failing to develop processes and best practices as statutorily required to investigate, identify, and report drug diversion
- Neglecting or failing to notify US Drug Enforcement agencies concerning orders of opioids that indicated drug diversion
From the newborn to the elderly, opioid addiction is harmful and potentially life-threatening. Our law firm is committed to exposing the actions of those who promote and provide dangerous drugs to vulnerable patients.
Our Fight On Behalf Of Governmental Entities
With more than three decades achieving outstanding results for our clients, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is committed to bringing responsible parties to the table, or the courtroom, to pay for the damage wrought by the intentional promotion and distribution of addictive drugs. We currently represent more than 40 cities and counties that are bearing the burdens of opioid addiction and would welcome an opportunity to share our expertise with other governmental authorities and municipalities.
Why Choose Us?
Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is a trusted injury law firm serving individuals as well as local governments and authorities harmed by the neglect or misconduct of others. We have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Listed in the Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers and awarded the highest rating from legal ranking agency, Martindale-Hubbell, we fight to ensure justice is served and appropriate relief and remedies are achieved on behalf of our clients.