High Doses of Painkillers are Dangerous
Opioids are painkiller medications that are often prescribed by physicians or nurses to treat both acute and chronic pain. These medications include Vicodin, Oxycodone, Codeine, Fentanyl, Morphine, Methadone, Dilaudid, and OxyContin, among others. They are classified as Schedule 2 narcotics by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In recent years, many patients have experienced overdoses and debilitating addictions as a result of physicians prescribing Opioids in doses that exceed what is medically safe. Effects of overprescription include addiction, accidental overdose, loss of relationships and employment, inability to function in daily life activities, turning to illicit Opioid drugs such as heroin if prescriptions are discontinued improperly and/or without adequate medical supervision, and over 33,000 deaths per year due to overdoses.
Opioid overdose causes respiratory arrest, cognitive changes, confusion, unresponsiveness, cardiac arrest, and death.
Many state Attorneys General are investigating and filing lawsuits against responsible parties in relation to the current Opioid crisis in the United States. These investigations are focused on claims the states may have and do not address the claims of individual patients and families who may have been harmed by Opioid prescription practices.
Individuals who believe they have been harmed should contact an attorney regarding their potential claims. Claims may be subject to time limitations.
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of prescription Opioids, Forum Law Group will provide a free consultation to evaluate your case.
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