Salt Lake County files lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers
Posted by Ben McAdams
April 10, 2018
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District Attorney Sim Gill and I announced a lawsuit
has been filed against drug manufacturers that knowingly downplayed the dangerous effects of prescription opioid pills. We are feeling the high-cost of their predatory practices – in the death and destruction opioids are causing families right here in Salt Lake County.
At least one Utahn a day overdoses on opioids – that’s seven each week, 30 a month. That’s the scale of the human tragedy that we’re facing. We are dealing with the same public health crisis that is devastating counties across this country, due to the sales and overdose deaths of highly-addictive opioid pain pills.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the past 15 years, more than 183,000 people in the U.S. have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Two million more across the country have turned to heroin use.
Although these pills generated billions of dollars in revenue for the drug companies, people who become addicted can’t afford to buy the pills on the street, or get into a substance use treatment program, so for many, the alternative is to buy cheap heroin. Addiction is a terrible illness that does not discriminate –male, female, young, old, white collar, blue collar, high school education or graduate degree—all of those make up the ranks of those who struggle against this disease.
Today’s typical heroin addict, according to the data, starts using at age 23, is more likely to live in the affluent suburbs and was unwittingly led to heroin through painkillers prescribed by a doctor. Parents are burying their children; drug overdoses already kill more Americans under age 50 than anything else. I am heartbroken hearing the stories from residents of death and destruction. It is time for the drug makers to be held accountable.
The complete lawsuit can be found here
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