Yesterday, Camden County took an incredible and important step towards fighting the opioid epidemic by filing suit against the drug manufacturers who produce these deadly drugs. The first of its kind in New Jersey, we can only hope that other counties and the state join in this fight.
This lawsuit is an unprecedented attack on pharmaceutical companies for the role they have played in the opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of countless individuals since it’s origination in the late 1990’s. According to officials, the suit has been filed under state racketeering laws that are most typically used in bribery, extortion and fraudulent types of cases.
The complaint features 181 pages contending that the drugmakers specifically targeted regulatory agencies, doctors, and the public via false marketing narratives that were created with the purpose of convincing Americans that opioids are not addictive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 75 percent of patients in heroin treatment first became addicted to prescribed opioids. Officials say this “epic scheme” spurred the crisis that Camden County and the Country now faces.
The suit aims to prevent the distribution of these opioids and seeks monetary damages to commit to funding in order to provide treatment and awareness programs in the county. Not only is this a meaningful step towards solving the opioid crisis, it’s also an opportunity for families who have been affected by this terrible drug to obtain justice. If you or a loved one have been affected by this epidemic, contact us today for a free consultation.
You can read more about the lawsuit here.