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Opioid Litigation Lawyer

Representing Victims Throughout Alabama

Addiction doesn't discriminate. Every day, roughly 175 people across the United States—of all races, genders, and ages—die from opioid overdoses. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects not only our public health, but also social and economic welfare.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78.5 billion a year. No thanks to pharmaceutical companies, who began prescribing opioids at greater rates in the 1990s, it is estimated that 2.1 million people abuse opioids in our country.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. While they’re a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant, others are made by scientists in labs using the same chemical structure. Prescription opioids are used mostly to treat moderate to severe pain, though some opioids can be used to treat coughing and diarrhea. Opioids can also make people feel very relaxed and high—which is why they are easy to get hooked on.

How Do People Abuse Opioids?

Prescription opioids used for pain relief are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but they can be misused. People misuse prescription opioids by taking the medicine in a way or dose other than prescribed, taking someone else's prescription medicine, or taking the medicine simply to get high. When misusing a prescription opioid, a person can swallow the medicine in its normal form, crush pills or open capsules, dissolve the powder in water, and inject the liquid into a vein.

Who’s to Blame?

Evidence that the pharmaceutical industry played a key role in causing the opioid epidemic through deceptive marketing has been the crux of dozens of civil actions currently pending in state and federal courts. This year, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee conducted an investigation and released a report that stated it had found evidence suggesting the pharmaceutical industry paid millions of dollars to advocacy groups in order to encourage the advancement of opioid-friendly messaging. Many big drug manufacturers, such as Purdue Pharma, Endo and Janssen, are embroiled in lawsuits as a result—and for good reason.

How Can Elizabeth A Citrin PC Help?

Attorney Elizabeth A Citrin’s end goal is to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the costs communities incur as a result of the opioid epidemic. These cases seek to recover those costs, including costs related to addiction treatment, injuries, lost wages, and much more. If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids, please contact our opioid litigation attorney today.

We take the time to listen to the details of your case and perform a thorough assessment of the facts and evidence. Our firm works diligently to get you the results you need and deserve, because we are invested in your future and best interests.

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