The National Institute for Drug Abuse says that more than 115 people die from opioid overdoses every day in the United States. Opioids come in a variety of forms, including heroin and synthetic versions like fentanyl.
But opioids and the risks they carry aren’t limited to illegal drugs. They’re also present in hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country in the form of prescription pain medications. Opioid medications are big business in our country, with 80 percent of all prescription opioids being sold and used in the United States alone.
Because of the risks associated with opioids—including addiction and overdose—many doctors are being careful about who they prescribe the medications to and the dosages they receive. However, some doctors are less discerning to the point of negligence, which can lead to their patients suffering serious health problems and even fatal overdoses.
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The opioid epidemic in the U.S. isn’t a new phenomenon. Doctors have known about the dangers of opioids and painkiller medications for many years. Despite that knowledge, some doctors give opioid prescriptions that are too potent, inappropriate for their health conditions, or to patients who are at risk for developing addictions. Other doctors may fail to monitor their patients for complications.
At Carter Mario Law Firm, our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers hold negligent doctors responsible when they fail to take the necessary precautions before and after prescribing opioid medications. We’ve seen the devastation that these medications can cause to patients and their families, and it’s our goal to help innocent victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.