A Man-Made Epidemic
Like many deadly epidemics, the spread of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses has claimed and continues to claim tens of thousands of lives and is destroying families in every corner of the country. No one is immune.
It is estimated that 175 Americans die from opioid overdoses every single day. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) was five times higher than in 1999. From 2000 to 2016, more than 600,000 people died from drug overdoses. In 2016, more people died in New Orleans from drug overdoses than murders for the first time ever.
Unlike many deadly epidemics, however, the scourge of opioids is a man-made problem. Over the past two decades, these powerful painkillers, which in many ways mimic the effects of heroin, were marketed, sold, and prescribed in alarming and irresponsible ways. Now, those whose lives have been upended by opiate addiction are starting to fight back against those whose greed and negligence contributed to this unfolding disaster.
Bloom Legal: Fighting Back Against Those Responsible for the Opioid Crisis
Bloom Legal in New Orleans has joined the fight as well. On behalf of individuals and families who have suffered the catastrophic consequences of opioid addiction and abuse, we seek to hold drug companies, doctors, pharmacists, and others accountable for their roles in spreading this epidemic. We fight tirelessly on behalf of victims and their families to get them the compensation they deserve and the resources they need to put their lives back together after suffering through avoidable addictions.
If you or a loved one has been stricken with opioid dependency or abuse, we invite you to give our committed and compassionate New Orleans opioid litigation attorney a call to explore how we may be able to help you – both inside and outside the courtroom.
What Are Opioids?
Quite simply, opioid narcotics are drugs designed to block or reduce feelings of pain. They were and are often prescribed after surgery or after a severe trauma such as a car accident or other serious injury.
Some of the most common prescription opioids include:
- Oxycodone (brand names: OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta)
The problem with opioids is that the same chemical effects which make them effective in reducing pain also make them highly addictive and ripe for abuse.
Opioids are synthetic or partly synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of natural opiates such as heroin. Prescription opiates, like heroin, enter the brain through the bloodstream. They create a wave of artificial endorphins and dopamine, which are the neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of reward, pleasure and satisfaction. This causes a rush of happiness and euphoria. Since this high is not something that can occur naturally, the only way to feel it again is by taking more of the drug.
After a while, a user’s body will no longer produce endorphins and dopamine on its own, making it impossible for the user to feel any pleasure without the drug. That is what leads to the overwhelming need to score more. Eventually, a user will develop a tolerance to the drug, thus requiring more of it to get the same high. This is what often leads to deadly overdoses. And if a user can’t get their hands on more prescription opioids, they may turn to the next best thing: heroin.
How Did Opioids Become an Epidemic and Who is Responsible? Our Opioid Litigation Attorney Explains
Heroin, opium, and natural opiates have been used and abused for centuries around the globe. Doctors have long used opioids such as morphine to relieve pain on the battlefield or in the operating room.
But prescription opioids to treat pain flooded the market in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and were prescribed at an explosive rate. According the to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, even though there had not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans reported.
So, why would opioid painkiller prescriptions skyrocket even if pain levels remained roughly the same? Simple: negligence compounded by greed.
Based on papers and letters that downplayed the risk of addiction, as well as FDA approval of ever more powerful opioids without any further restrictions on their use or distribution, doctors started prescribing opioids for pain all the time.
All those prescriptions cost money, which ultimately winds up in the hands of the drug companies, pharmacies, and others with an interest in selling opioids, such as “pill mills” which would issue prescriptions for almost any reason. Drug companies marketed opioids as safe and effective and kept any negative information about risks of addiction and abuse as quiet as they could to keep the gravy train rolling. In fact, the National Institutes of Health identified drug companies’ “aggressive marketing” as a major contributor to the country’s opioid epidemic.
Opioid Litigation in New Orleans and Elsewhere
Because of such aggressive and deceptive marketing as well as the freewheeling and negligent way opioids were prescribed, individuals and families across the country have decided to fight back and hold these parties responsible for the damages and deaths they contributed to.
Many have sought legal assistance from a skilled New Orleans opioid litigation attorney who has filed lawsuits against drug manufacturers and wholesalers, pharmacists and doctors, claiming that they exploited patients for financial gain; getting them addicted to their opioid medications and leading to the destruction of lives and the overdose deaths which happen every hour of every day. Additionally, states and local governments have filed lawsuits against drug manufacturers and others seeking to hold them accountable for the billions of dollars in costs they have incurred in responding to the epidemic.
What Kind of Damages Can You Seek in Opioid Litigation
When we file suit on behalf of opioid victims or their families, the damages we seek include:
- Medical expenses, including money spent on opioids
- Costs for drug treatment and recovery programs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Why Choose New Orleans Opioid Litigation Attorney Seth Bloom for Your Case?
Knowing the law is only one part of being a good lawyer. A truly effective and valuable lawyer is one who understands where their client is coming from; what their fears are and what challenges they are facing. Being a good lawyer means being an ally as well as an advocate and getting their client the help they need, whether legal or otherwise.
Seth Bloom has seen the havoc that drug abuse can cause to individuals and the ones they love. That is why he is passionate about helping those trying to overcome the problems their addiction has created. He knows addiction is a disease, not a crime, and he treats his clients accordingly. With compassion and empathy and without judging, Seth is an invaluable partner for those wanting to fight back against drug addiction by holding accountable drug companies and others who put profits over people.
A fierce and determined litigator, Seth fights to get justice for his clients and obtain the compensation and resources that can help them recover and move forward with their lives.
Bloom Legal: Let a Drug Defense Attorney Help
The time has come to fight back against the opioid epidemic. This means getting medical help and treatment for those caught in the grip of opioid abuse so they can regain control of their lives. It also means getting victims the resources that can aid their recovery by holding those responsible accountable.
At Bloom Legal, we bring a combination of legal skill and personal dedication to the representation of individuals and families suffering from opioid addiction or abuse. Please call Bloom Legal at 504-517-0487 or contact us online now to arrange for your free, confidential initial consultation with a New Orleans opioid litigation attorney. We will evaluate your situation, advise you of your options, and work to get you the help you need and deserve.
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