In the last quarter of a century, there have been over 300,000 deaths in the United States because of opioid substances. Researchers also anticipate that there is the potential for another 500,000 deaths within the next 10 years. It is believed that the majority of people who are affected by that particular addiction started out with prescription medications to which they eventually became addicted.
Sadly, heroin and fentanyl have contributed a certain amount to that particular addiction crisis as well, but the majority are other opioids. When it comes to assigning responsibility for how this became such a crisis, the drug companies are definitely frontrunners.
Specifically which drug companies are responsible?
Of all of the drug companies with products on the market, the ones that are most responsible are the ones who manufacture and market opioids to the prescription drug market. Some physicians and pharmacies have also been known to prescribe and sell opioids inappropriately.
Following government investigations into the problem, many lawsuits have materialized and continue to be filed against the opioid manufacturers and sellers.
The lawsuits started to appear on the scene in the early 2000s but they have increased a great deal over time and many of them allege personal injury as the consequence of addiction to opioids and overdoses.
Getting valuable legal support from a Texas attorney
Being able to rely on the fact that the prescription medication that you are taking is safe for you (mentally and physically) is of the utmost importance. If that is not the case and you have experienced an injury from a drug that turned out not to be safe, the legal advice from an experienced Texas attorney who has experience in this type of law may prove invaluable to your case.
The attorney can help you to determine when the drug company became aware of the fact that the drug was not safe and whether that company continued to market the drug(s). That may give you a strong case and a good chance at justice.