Ohio Catastrophic Injury lawyer reviewing the common dangers of Cincinnati Fentanyl Addiction and opioid prescription malpractice

Fentanyl is one of the most powerful opioid narcotic analgesics on the market, used to treat severe acute and chronic pain. Ionsys, a common derivative, is typically applied in a hospital setting after surgery for the short-term management of acute pain. Duragesic is used for severe chronic pain when continual pain relief is required.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its first account of American drug deaths in 2016, which indicates overdose deaths are growing even faster than previously thought. According to the report, drug overdoses killed about 64,000 people in the United States last year, many of them a result of the dangerous drug fentanyl. The data establishes a rise of more than 22 percent over the 52,404 drug overdose deaths recorded in 2015.

These published statistics suggest drug overdoses will remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, as synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, continue to drive the overdose death count higher. Drug deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled year-on-year from 2015 to 2016.

Fentanyl presents serious concerns for doctors and patients around the country. When a narcotic as strong as fentanyl is used for a long time, it is likely to become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and some fentanyl analogues, designed to mimic the effects of the original drug, may be many time stronger. In the U.S. alone, overdoses have caused 20,100 deaths in 2016, a rise of 540 percent over the past 3 years.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati personal injury lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of opioid injury and Cincinnati fentanyl addiction claims against pharmaceutical companies.  

Cincinnati Fentanyl Addiction Symptoms

According to the CDC, around 2 million Americans either abused or were dependent on prescription opioid painkillers by 2014. Reports from state health departments, county coroners and medical examiners suggest that the fentanyl overdose rate has continued to worsen in 2017. Deaths involving prescription opioids continue to rise, and many deaths involve numerous dangerous drugs, taken in conjunction with one another. Complications can include:

•    Hallucinations
•    Chest pain
•    Difficulty breathing
•    Fainting
•    Poor skin reactions
•    Abdominal pain
•    Confusion
•    Dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
•    Anxiety
•    Headache
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Irregular heartbeat
•    Addiction
•    Overdose

Understanding the Effects of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller which can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. This drug alone is responsible for a huge rise in addiction and death in many states including Ohio. Fentanyl is often illegally produced and distributed, though it can also be prescribed by doctors to treat acute pain.

In recent years, Ohio has ranked near the top of drug overdose rates. In 2016, over two million people in Ohio, or about a fifth of the state’s population, were prescribed opioids, leading to the deaths of more than 3,000 people.

Some Ohio doctors have faced charges of illegally distributing drugs connected to overdose deaths. Doctors have been named in complaints for prescribing deadly amounts of highly-addictive drugs through pain management clinics.

Common Fentanyl Brand Names

•    Duragesic
•    Ionsys
•    Sublimaze
•    Actiq
•    Fentora
•    Matrifen
•    Haldid
•    Onsolis
•    Instanyl
•    Abstral
•    Lazanda

Opioid Painkiller Overprescription

Sales of prescribed opioid painkillers, including oxycodone and hydrocodone almost quadrupled in the U.S. between 1999 and 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contributing to a 400 percent increase in deaths from prescription opioids in that same period. Almost 2 million Americans either abused or were dependent on prescription opioid painkillers in 2014, according to the CDC. Common types of dangerous painkillers include:

•    Oxycodone (OxyContin)
•    Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
•    Morphine
•    Methadone

Opioid Prescription Malpractice

The rise in fentanyl overdoses and deaths and the persistence of the current opioid addiction have deeply affected local and state resources. As a result, Ohio and a number of other states have filed suit against pharmaceutical companies for their roles in the drug overdose epidemic.

A lawsuit filed by the Ohio Attorney General alleges that painkiller manufacturers downplay the risks of their dangerous drugs. Primary care doctors are told that true addiction is extremely rare, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Several drug makers have been sued for their role in the drug overdose epidemic.

Opioid Overdoses & Lawsuits

Current Ohio litigation seeks to hold doctors, pain clinics and drug companies accountable for producing, marketing and distributing opioid painkillers without proper warnings. Health care providers, including doctors at pain clinics, are considered accountable when patients experienced Fantanyl overdoses or other opioid injury. Doctors may face civil lawsuits for overprescribing drugs like fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.

Ohio Fentanyl Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to Cincinnati Fentanyl addiction, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Cincinnati fentanyl addiction.