Opioid Addiction Crisis News – Big Pharma Being Sued By City of Miami
A 134-page civil lawsuit was filed by the City of Miami against the drug manufacturers that are believed to be behind the current opioid crisis that affects millions of people in America. According to the CDC, the opioid addiction crisis now causes 115 deaths every day. The city of Miami believes that due to the pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive and deceptive marketing plans, millions of people were prescribed dangerous drugs that they ultimately got addicted to.
The Civil Lawsuit
The basis of the civil lawsuit is that the pharmaceutical companies falsely advertised their drugs, creating a public nuisance that was a major contributing factor to the current opioid addiction crisis. They unlawfully supplied these dangerous drugs in Miami, to enrich themselves, ultimately at the expense of the residents of Miami.
City Manager Emilio T. Gonzalez stated that they believe that big pharma knowingly distributed these drugs, creating a great burden on the city as the rest of the country. He believes that it is time that they suffered the consequences of their part in the opioid addiction crisis.
The defendants that have been named in the civil lawsuit include big pharma companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Purdue Pharma, Cardinal Health, Janssen Pharmacautica NV and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
This lawsuit comes after the opioid overdose cases in the opioid epidemic increased 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. A total of 641 cases of overdose deaths were reported in the city of Miami alone, with a further 1,717 calls responded to – an increase of over 1,000 from the previous year.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
While Miami is one of the hardest hit cities in the opioid epidemic, the crisis affects the entire country. Millions of people are now dealing with an addiction to opioid pain relievers, or know someone close to them suffering from the disease.
One of the only ways to tackle the problem of addiction is through opioid addiction treatment, as you would with any other disease. If you need treatment or want to get treatment for someone you care about, you can expect to experience the following at a rehab center:
- Assessment/Intake – The complex disease of addiction cannot be treated with just a singular approach. As such, an addiction specialist will assess the condition of the addict in order to extrapolate the best way to approach their individual treatment needs. The person’s physical and mental health is also assessed.
- Detoxification – Withdrawal from opioids can be dangerous and extremely difficult to get through alone. A professionally run detox allows an addict to benefit from medications such as naltrexone and methadone to lessen the symptoms they have during the 7-day withdrawal period. Withdrawal symptoms include intense cravings, stomach cramps, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, chills, anxiety, depression and panic attacks among others – there are around 50 reported symptoms of withdrawal which can vary from person to person.
- Behavioral therapy – Next in process of recovery is behavioral therapy and counseling. Addiction is classified as a relapsing disease. As such, it requires that behavioral therapies be incorporated to attempt to lower the risk of relapse. This is done by isolating and replacing problematic behavior and thinking with healthy alternatives. Relapse prevention is specifically looked at, introducing the patient to the skills they need to deal with the signs of relapse.
The opioid addiction crisis continues to claim lives, but the lawsuit may start to punish those who were responsible for the current situation.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.