Governments Take Legal Action Against Opioid Distributors and Manufacturers

legal nurse consultantsThe opioid epidemic is a growing problem that has spread across the entire country. To date, over 30,000 Americans die every year as a result of opioid drug overdose. Furthermore, the monetary toll that the opioid epidemic takes on public services and government agencies is staggering. 

All of this is compounded by one chilling fact: opioid distributors and manufacturers have played an active hand in creating this epidemic. The problem is so pervasive that countless government agencies have mobilized to take legal action against hundreds of distributors and manufacturers for engaging in a variety of illegal activities. These activities include lying about the dangers of their products, bribing politicians, incentivizing healthcare professionals to push their products regardless of risk or benefits, and more.  

These companies have profited immensely from destroying the lives of many in the U. S. and abroad. We at Legal Nurse Consultants, LLP recognize the role that these companies play in perpetuating this national crisis. This is why we work alongside legal professionals and government agencies to ensure that those who have profited from the opioid epidemic face the consequences of their actions.

The Opioid Epidemic Takes its Toll on Countless Lives

Experts estimate that well over 2 million Americans are currently addicted to opiods. This cuts across all economic and social groups. Across the U. S., people of all races, ages, ethnicities, education levels, and socioeconomic levels have fallen victim to the effects of the opioid epidemic. 

The health and social costs to this drug epidemic are immense: the government spends over $55 billion annually addressing problems directly related to the opioid epidemic. This includes funds used to build and maintain treatment facilities, costs relating to law enforcement and medical personnel, Medicaid expenses, legal costs involving the prosecution and prevention of related crimes, and more. 

Legal Nurse Consultants Help in the Fight Against Opioid Manufacturers

At Legal Nurse Consultants, LLP, we use our medical experience and knowledge to collaborate with legal professionals, including attorneys. We provide key support for a case by digging into the medical literature, analyzing records, assessing whether a drug such an opioid was incorrectly prescribed, track injuries and damages to specific actions, and more. We can also offer expert testimony in court, and have the resources to work within a variety of contexts, including substance abuse and addiction. 

These are just some of the things we do in order to lend a hand to attorneys, government agencies, and other parties involved in pushing back against opioid distributors and manufacturers. For more information on the full scope of our work, give us a call directly. Reach out today to speak with one of our medical professionals at Legal Nurse Consultants USA, LLC.