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Opioid Addiction After Prescription

Did You Become Addicted To Opiates Because Of A Prescription?

Opiate addiction is one of the most significant medical issues Americans face today. While heroin and other illegal drugs are a significant contributor to this epidemic, it pales in comparison to the impact of prescription painkillers. According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, an estimated two million people suffer from substance use disorder tied to prescription painkillers, nearly four times as many people addicted to heroin. There are a wide range of factors that can cause someone to become addicted to opiates, but one of the most concerning causes affects people who simply visit their doctor for treatment, whether for a chronic issue or to treat pain from surgery, illness, etc.

At the Domina Law Group, our opioid lawyers understand just how devastating addiction can be, not just to the person dealing with an addiction but also to their family and loved ones. If you suffer from an addiction caused by a prescription given to you by your doctor, you may be able to file a claim to secure the compensation you need to pay for the cost of rehabilitation as well as any damages you may have incurred. Contact our firm today to learn more.

The Dangers Of Prescription Painkillers

The opioid epidemic is one of the fastest growing and most devastating issues affecting people in the United States. Since OxyContin was first introduced to the U.S. in 1994, the number of prescriptions have increased at an exponential rate – in the early 1990’s, the number of prescriptions increased by two to three million each year, but that number jumped up by eight million between 1995 and 1996. Purdue Pharma, the company that manufactures OxyContin, created a promotional video for their drug titled "I Got My Life Back” in 1998.

The year after this video was released, the number of prescriptions increased by approximately 11 million. In response to this staggering increase of opioid use and addictions, numerous research projects have dug into the possible connection between prescriptions and opioid addiction. According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients can become depended on prescription painkillers as often as 26 percent of the time.

Take Legal Action

If you became addicted to opiates because of a prescription from your doctor, you may be able to take legal action to secure compensation you need to pay for treatment and other damages like lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At the Domina Law Group, we have spent more than 60 years collectively working with injured victims throughout the United States, and through our efforts have secured more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Call us at (402) 493-4100 today to discuss your case with one of our opiate attorneys today, or fill out our online form to schedule a case evaluation with a member of our firm.

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