Tens Of Thousands Of People Die From Drug Overdoses Every Year
Ever since prescription painkillers were first introduced to Americans in the mid-1990’s, these products have irreversibly changed the lives of millions of people across the United States. While illicit opioids like fentanyl and heroin tend to grab more headlines, the impact of these drugs is overshadowed by legal prescription painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, etc. In 2014, nearly twice as many people were killed from opioid overdoses compared to heroin overdoses according to nationwide studies, and reports indicate that this statistic is unlikely to change in the near future. Other studies have shown that the number of opioid deaths has more than quadrupled since 1999. Medical professionals believe that the aggressive marketing strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies, a significant increase in the number of opiates doctors prescribed their patients, and a general acceptance towards using prescription painkillers as a regular form of treatment for an increasingly wide range of ailments were key factors that contributed to this epidemic.
In addition to the considerable damage the opioid epidemic has caused to individuals and their loved ones, it has also caused a significant increase in serious medical conditions like neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that affects the health of children while still in their mother’s womb. If you or someone you love was seriously affected by a medical condition caused by opiate addiction, contact our opiate lawyers at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. today to discuss your legal options.
Opiate Abuse And Addiction Symptoms
In addition to the risk of an accidental overdose, addiction to opioids can result in potentially life-threatening health implications, including:
- Serious respiratory depression
- A weakened immune system
- Medical issues caused by intravenously administering the drug, including infection, localized abscesses, embolic events, transmission of blood borne illnesses, etc.
- Gastrointestinal issues including intestinal ileus, bowel perforation, constipation, etc.
Types Of Opiates
Illegal and prescription opioids come in a number of different forms:
- Tramadol (Ultram, ConZip, Ryzolt)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Methadone (Methadose, Dolophine)
- Fentanyl (Lazanda, Abstral, Subsys, Duragesic, Fentora, Actiq)
- Hydromorphone (Exalgo, Dilaudid)
- Morphine (Arymo ER, Avinza, Oramorph SR, MS Contin)
- Hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin, Lortab)
- Oxycodone (Roxicodone, OxyContin, Oxecta)
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Our opiate attorneys at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. have spent their careers fighting for the rights of injured victims, and we are committed to using the knowledge we’ve earned over years spent in the courtroom and at the negotiation table to ensure that those in need secure the maximum compensation possible. Schedule a meeting with a member of our firm today by filling out our online form, or give us a call at (954) 467-8800 to discuss your situation over the phone.