Mid-Michigan and the rest of the country have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

The President is set to declare a national emergency on the issue. Drug overdose deaths are currently the leading cause of death in the United States. From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died of opioid drug overdoses in the United States—a staggering rate of 91 people per day.

Communities can and should fight back against Big Pharma for their role in causing the opioid epidemic. Big time pharmaceutical manufacturers like Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and others engaged in a fraudulent marketing scheme that persisted for decades to mislead physicians into believing that opioids were a safe and nonaddictive treatment for chronic pain and other conditions. In fact, opioids such as OxyContin are highly habit forming and ineffective at treating chronic pain due to tolerance development. Prior to Big Pharma’s deceptive marketing campaign, opioids were primarily used by physicians sparingly to treat short-term acute pain, such as those recovering from surgery, and for those seeking palliative, end-of-life care. These allegations are eerily similar to those leveled against big tobacco for misrepresenting the risks and dangers associated with smoking.

Pharmacy MalpracticeMunicipalities and state governments can and should fight back against Big Pharma. Litigation has been filed all over the country by state and local governments to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for their role in this public health crisis, which has resulted in serious financial hardship on communities in providing resources to fight drug addiction and drug overdose cases.

Church Wyble P.C., a division of Grewal Law PLLC, has the expertise and a proven track record of success in complex civil litigation in protecting the rights of injured people. Attorney David Mittleman recently attended the American Association for Justice’s Opioid Litigation Seminar in Washington, D.C. to work with and build a national team of dedicated professionals to fight for justice in a coordinated attack on all fronts.

Church Wyble P.C. has been serving the Mid-Michigan area since 1951. We are working with a team of lawyers across Michigan and across the United States to fight to put an end to the opioid epidemic and to reimburse communities for their expenses incurred in this entirely preventable public health crisis. We are working with attorneys with a reputation for excellence, such as Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm and Paul Novak and Paul Pennock of the national personal injury firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.

If you are interested in learning more about the opioid litigation, please contact Church Wyble P.C. at (517) 372-1011. We would be happy to speak and present at local, county, and state government meetings to discuss the ways that our firm can assist you in fighting the opioid epidemic.

 

Additional Resources & Articles on the Opioid Epidemic

Lansing moves toward suing drug companies for opioid crisis – Oct. 20th, 2017

Police chief: ‘We are losing’ battle against opioid epidemic – Oct. 30th, 2017

Opioids Fraud and the FDA; Drug Makers and Distributors – By David Mittleman

Pharmaceutical Industry Creates OPIOID ADDICTION EPIDEMIC – Then Wants to Cure It? –  By David Mittleman

Big Pharma’s tobacco moment as star lawyers push opioid suits

Oakland, Wayne counties file lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over marketing of opioids