Addiction is a brain disease. It is not about having “willpower” or a “lack of character”. Once a person develops this disease, they lose choice over taking the addictive medication. These medications can include: methadone, oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Opana, fentanyl patches, Xanax, valium, etc.
Doctors and pharmacies have a duty to monitor patients for the disease of addiction and can be liable if they continue to prescribe painkillers and benzodiazepines when faced with signs of addiction. In fact, there are laws which closely regulate the prescribing of these medications.
Your loved one may have suffered from the brain disease of addiction. If they died from an overdose due to these medications please call us to talk.
Accidental drug overdose death claims have more than doubled in the last 12 years, and this alarming increase is largely driven by a rise in overdose on prescription drugs.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that prescription drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in 16 states, a greater rate than car accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2007 the number of deaths involving one class of prescription painkillers, opioid analgesics, was greater than deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. The CDC also reports emergency room visits for the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs are now comparable to visits for use of illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine.
If a loved one has died from medical malpractice or an overdose of prescription painkillers, please contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation.