Opioids are an epidemic, and the number of those addicted is rising.
Unfortunately, the misuse of opioids is far too common, causing an estimated 130 deaths, in America, each day.
Thankfully, as times goes on, more awareness, and attention is being brought to this worldwide heartbreak.
On Monday, August 26, 2019 an Oklahoma judge ordered “Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the state’s opioid crisis.” This is monumental, as a federal trial is anticipated for fall 2019 in which hundreds of cases will arise nationwide accusing opioid companies of causing this crisis. Of course, opinions on whether these pharmaceutical companies are or are not responsible varies.
I’ve heard cases involving opioids being labeled as Product Liability. People don’t believe they were informed with accurate and detailed information about the medications they were given. There are also individuals who see these cases as Negligence, if not both Product Liability and Negligence.
Nowadays, there are countless options for medication, outside of opioids. There are doctors that will only prescribe non-habit-forming medications, while others go the homeopathic route. With Cannabis becoming legal for medicinal purposes all over the US, thousands, if not millions of people are abandoning prescription pills, shots etc., and only relying on medical marijuana, including CBD oils and lotions. I know several people who refuse to touch any medication, especially opioids, because they’ve experienced friends and loved one’s addiction to them.
Opioid misuse, and addiction is too prevalent to ignore. I have no doubt these coming months and years will continue to shine brighter lights on the issue, and one can only hope, a positive change is on the horizon.
Are you or someone you know in the midst of an opioid addiction?
Help is available.
National Drug Helpline, 1-844-289-0879
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The Partnership at Drugfree.org, 1-855-DRUG-FREE (378-4373)
Search online for places and people to speak with in your area. There are online forums, and resources at your fingertips. Don’t hesitate to give yourself, or aide someone else, the gift of a life free from addiction.