Opioids are killing Americans in startling numbers.
The crisis includes heroin, but also perfectly legal prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl.
- In 2015, opioid addiction led to over 20,000 overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers and another nearly 13,000 from heroin use.
- Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids; 54 of those deaths are from prescription pain killers.
To put that number into perspective, the number of deaths due to prescription opioid overdoses is comparable to a mass shooting in our country every single day.
As staggering as the death statistics are, most people remain unaware of the severity of the prescription opioid problem. And unfortunately, many of those whose lives are touched by the opioid crisis do not realize that help is available, and that this deadly trend can and should be changed.
More deaths occur per day from prescription drugs than from heroin.
The problem is all around us. It is not only taking its toll nationwide, but is directly impacting our local communities throughout Missouri and Kansas. The statistics in our states are also staggering.
There are more deaths from opioids in our communities than from car accidents—and the opioid death rate is on the rise.
|• In 2016, there were 908 opioid related deaths in Missouri—a 35% increase from 2015.
• In the first 8 months of 2017, 733 opioid deaths occurred in Missouri, compared to 591 crash deaths.
|• The death rates from prescription and illicit drug overdose for 12 to 24-year-olds in Kansas quadrupled from 1999 to 2013.|
It is likely that the numbers reported here are underestimated, as they do not include people who suffered brain injury or near-death experiences. They also do not include those who became addicted, underwent debilitating withdrawal and were forced to undergo costly rehabilitation treatment.
The opioid crisis is nothing short of an epidemic. It is a modern day plague. It is a statewide crisis. Many factors contribute to opioid addiction, but too often it starts with legal prescriptions—prescriptions from which someone is profiting.
The problem stems from our healthcare system. Opioids are being prescribed today in mammoth amounts, often over-prescribed and unnecessarily-prescribed, which is shown by the statistics.
Opioid injuries and deaths are preventable tragedies. Manufacturers have failed to inform the public of the addictive nature of opioids. And too often these powerful pain-killers are prescribed for chronic, long-term use, which leads to addiction that is not the patient’s fault. These patients then turn to opioids from other sources to satisfy their addiction. The addiction causes them to seek and use other legal pain killers and illegal drugs. For this reason, even heroin users who experienced overdose, addiction, injury or death after having been prescribed and addicted to pain medication are victims of this epidemic.
We have witnessed the money trail from the pharmaceutical industry to various corporate entities used to increase drug sales. It is an incredibly sad situation, but one Preuss | Foster Law is dedicated to resolving.
Have you or a loved one been harmed by opioid narcotics?
We will prosecute cases against the industry giants and the entities and individuals that prescribe and distribute these known addictive and deadly narcotics. Money should never take precedence over an individual’s health or livelihood.
At Preuss | Foster Law, we take every means necessary to stop it.
Our law firm is devoted to helping people who have been victimized by the medical community’s over-reliance on opioids. We pursue lawsuits against physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies that have inappropriately started patients down the path of opioid addiction, leading to serious injury and death. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of pain medication overdose or an overdose on heroin after an initial addiction to pain medication, please call us to determine your legal rights.
By calling us for your free consultation, you will not only be determining whether or not you are eligible for a claim, you will also be joining us in our goal of enacting positive change in our local communities. Working together, we can turn the tide of opioid addiction in Missouri, Kansas and beyond.
Call us today at 816-307-2788, we’re here to help. The consultation is free, and no payment is required until we collect on your behalf.