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Opioid Epidemic

Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. While this is a terrible epidemic that affects many people’s lives and their communities, it is also a very costly epidemic that our local cities, counties & states have to incur the heavy increase in costs to combat.

Bonsignore Trial Lawyers (BTL) can serve as your local counsel to combat this Opioid epidemic, and no firm is more qualified to perform this role. BTL has focused on complex litigation for 25 years and served as Court Appointed Lead Counsel in almost two dozen state-based coordinated actions and three federal Multi- District Litigation (MDL) actions. It has also served in dozens of other MDL leadership positions.

Bonsignore Trial Lawyers take our role as Local Counsel very seriously. We know first-hand how to protect and serve our clients’ best interests by effectively working within the parameters of MDL litigation.

FDA Commissioner Warning::

"It is nothing short of a public health crisis when you see a substantial increase of avoidable overdose and death related to two widely used drug classes being taken together"


What are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin0), hydrocodone (Vicodin0), codeine, morphine, and many others.

These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain.

Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and deaths.

How does opioid abuse affect my community?

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

  • Total economic burden estimated at $78.5 billion
  • $28.9 billion for increased health care and substance abuse treatment costs
  • About $20 billion borne by public sector in health care, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice costs per year.
  • About $20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisonings costs per year.

Opioid Lawsuit Sources:

FDA – FDA requires strong warnings for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products, and benzodiazepine labeling related to serious risks and death…

National Institute of Drug Abuse – Opioids

National Institute of Drug Abuse – Opioid Overdose Crisis

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