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Can Personal Injury Attorneys Help Stop The Opioid Epidemic In Georgia?

June 12, 2017

According to The Atlantic, a new lethal dose of opiate-based narcotic has infiltrated regions of Georgia. Health officials issued a warning earlier this week that a pill is in circulation at this time which is believed to have caused two deaths and numerous other overdoses for which several people were hospitalized. Officials are not certain whether the pill is produced by a pharmaceutical company or homemade and they are investigating the dryg's origins.

We are experiencing a healthcare crisis that is spinning out of control. The problem is not exclusive to Georgia. Rather, the epidemic is felt nationwide. Traditional law enforcement methods of interdiction have not worked. Consequently, the Ohio Attorney General has brought a lawsuit against certain pharmaceutical companies to determine their culpability for the proliferation of opiate-based substances causing addiction. Other states could follow suit.

There is a widely held belief in the scientific and medical communities that people are taking prescription narcotics such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin, which catalyze opioid dependence and possible heroin addiction. Doctors have freely prescribed painkillers for three decades. in fact, they normally prescribe painkillers to help people recover from surgery or combat the pain associated with a terrible injury or illness such as cancer. Healthcare providers have since altered the prescription protocols. Doctors prescribe painkillers for less-serious injuries. Consequently, more and more people received prescription painkillers, which in themselves, are highly addictive. People become addicted to painkillers.

Heroin is highly addictive and is used as a painkiller in the form of Morphine. For some unknown reason, the powerful prescription painkiller Fentanyl, in its powdered form, is being mixed with heroin by recreational drug users. The combination of heroin and Fentanyl has killed thousands of people nationwide. Fentanyl has also been confused as heroin by drug users.

By following the distribution chain, personal injury lawyers might be able to combat the opioid problem. Pharmaceutical companies might be responsible for the proliferation of prescription painkillers. By vigorously pursuing pharmaceutical companies, personal injury attorneys can seek compensation for overdose victims.

These lawsuits will have their detractors. Some commentators have stated that pursuing pharmaceutical companies is similar to the "Tobacco Litigation" from the 1990s and attempts to sue gun manufacturers for firearms deaths. Those cases were very difficult to pursue for the plaintiffs. However, there were some successes. Plaintiffs who sue pharmaceutical companies may experience similar success, or they might be thwarted as plaintiffs were in the handgun litigation. Notwithstanding, conscientious personal injury attorneys can zealously advocate for justice on overdose victims' behalf.

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