Lawsuits Filed In Wake Of Heroin Addiction Epidemic Signals Shift In Public Perception

Lawsuits Filed In Wake Of Heroin Addiction Epidemic Signals Shift In Public Perception

For far too long, people struggling with an addiction to heroin and/or opioids have shouldered the blame. These individuals have been held entirely accountable for the decisions that eventually resulted in their current plight. The truth is much more complicated and recent lawsuits targeting the maker of OxyContin are sure to shed more light on the situation.

According to an April 2019 article from Money.com, a spinoff property of Time magazine, Purdue Pharma and its principal owners are being blamed for “causing widespread addiction, overdose deaths, and suffering.” That’s according to a lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general and it’s only the latest in a trend of similar legal tactics. For those who’ve struggled with an addiction to heroin, opiates or other painkillers, you are not alone. If you happen to be reading this and plan on entering a drug rehab center for life-saving assistance, the recovery options you’ll learn about later in this article could prove valuable.

According to Money.com, one of the trailblazing lawsuits was filed in 2007. Purdue Pharma admitted to “misbranding” of OxyContin and “agreed to pay $600 million in fines, and three company executives also agreed to $34.5 million in fines themselves.” In court, legal precedent matters. It could be argued that this decision laid the groundwork for today’s legal efforts to help states recoup money spent on battling the opioid addiction. According to another April 2019 article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oklahoma won a $270 million settlement and agreed to drop their remaining claims. Of that amount, a little more than $12 million will go toward helping local governments.

It’s the local level where the true damage of heroin addiction plays out. The person who injured their back at work and was prescribed painkillers to help them cope did not want to become addicted. However, marketing efforts by drug manufacturers absolutely inundated some regions of the U.S., resulting in a plethora of pills to be given out via medical prescriptions. These are the individuals who seek out programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute and our treatment programs can help tackle a crisis head-on.

  • Dual diagnosis: This program can help medical and mental health professionals determine if there is an underlying cause that’s triggering substance abuse.
  • Group therapy: The person in recovery from a heroin addiction can voice their struggles in a group well-versed in similar situations. The insight gleaned from this setting can help someone in recovery learn about how to better address personal issues.
  • Relapse prevention: After completing inpatient rehab, the person in recovery can move on to learning skills that will allow them to retain the progress made.

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