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Ohio opioid lawsuit reveals disturbing facts about drug crisis

The lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine against five pharmaceutical companies manufacturing opioids has led to terrible revelations about the opioid crisis in the United States and the state of Ohio, in particular. The companies have been accused of giving misleading information to patients regarding opioids.

The five companies named in the lawsuit filed on May 31 include Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Allergan. More dreaded stats have come up from investigations about the opioid crisis in the state. Some disturbing facts were also revealed as a result including the following:

  • A whopping 3.8 billion opioid pills were prescribed in Ohio between 2011 and 2015.
  • In 2016, 2.3 million patients in Ohio, comprising roughly 20 percent of the entire population in the state, received opioid prescriptions from their physicians.
  • Ross County was the hardest hit, where more than 1.6 million opioid pills were prescribed in 2015. Each patient received 182 pills on an average.
  • Overdoses claimed more than 4,149 lives last year in Ohio, a 36 percent increase from 2015. The state led fatal overdoses in the country that year.
  • Drug overdose deaths in the state increased by 642 percent from 2000 to 2015.
  • Almost 70 percent infants in Ohio’s foster care system belonged to parents with opioid addiction.

Yet, the opioid manufacturing companies paid the least attention to all these calamities and continued with their profit-making businesses. The lawsuit alleged that the companies indulged in a well-funded marketing strategy to “spread false and deceptive statements about the risks and benefits of long-term opioid use.”

Companies like Purdue Pharma that manufactures OxyContin have already paid millions of dollars in compensation for settling previous lawsuits pertaining to the opioid epidemic. There are close to 91 fatal overdoses in the state every day. Prescription pill overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lawsuit demanding financial damages

Looking at the irreparable loss of human lives due to the opioid epidemic, the lawsuit demands unspecified financial damages from these companies for those whose lives were marred due to opioid addiction. “It is just and it is right that the people who played a significant role in creating this mess should now pay to clean it up,” DeWine told the Columbus Dispatch.

Defendants’ point of view

It is not that the defendant companies are taking it lying down, even they have decided to speak up and clear the air. Companies like Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals have reportedly said that the allegations mentioned in the lawsuit are “both legally and factually unfounded.”

On the other hand, companies like Purdue Pharma are pleading innocence, saying they share “the attorney general’s concerns about the opioid crisis and we are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions.”

Dealing with drug overdoses

Whether it is an opioid overdose or any other drug, it can be fatal, if help does not arrive early. Millions of lives have perished due to drug overdoses. It is a major public health concern in the world, especially the U.S. Addiction is a malady that destroys an individual and his or her loved ones. Seeking early treatment is crucial for any addiction. Hence, if you have a loved one struggling with an addiction, call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online for a quick response. Our experts offer the best drug addiction help online. We are also the best alcohol helpline for people struggling with alcoholism.

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