For the first time in history, the odds of Americans dying from an accidental opioid overdose are higher than from a traffic accident, according to an analysis conducted by the National Safety Council. This crisis has drawn the attention of lawmakers seeking tangible solutions for public health and safety. Medical professionals are responsible for prescribing these powerful drugs under controlled and careful circumstances, though this is not always the case. Opioid medical malpractice refers to when an individual is overprescribed or improperly treated with these powerful medications.
Currently, there is a multidistrict litigation involving 1,200 lawsuits against opioid makers and other defendants. Evidence suggests drug makers continue to push for profits in illicit marketing activities, despite a previous settlement which prohibited Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, from violating these restrictions. Holding these deliberately reckless defendants accountable will ensure justice is served on behalf of the tens of thousands of victims of opioid overdose.
Ken Kolosh, the manager of statistics at NSC, spoke of the shocking nature of these discoveries. “We cannot be complacent about 466 lives lost every day. This new analysis reinforces that we must consistently prioritize safety at work, at home and on the road to prevent these dire outcomes.”
The countless victims of this growing epidemic deserve to have their story heard, as there seems to be no end in sight. Only through tireless advocacy, adequate treatment practices, and raising awareness can we combat this seemingly impossible enemy.
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