Beasley Allen has filed an opioid lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors on behalf of the City of Montgomery, Alabama’s capital city, alleging the marketing of these drugs contributed to the creation of the opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis. Responding to the opioid crisis has required the city to sustain economic damages and to continue to bear a significant financial burden. The City of Montgomery is represented by Beasley Allen founder Jere Beasley and lawyers Rhon Jones, who is head of the firm’s Toxic Torts Section, Rick Stratton, Ryan Kral, and Jeff Price.
Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of a number of Alabama municipalities and counties, including Montgomery County. The firm also is representing the State of Alabama in its opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals.
“The problem of opioid addiction has become a national crisis and Alabama is one of the states that has been heading in the wrong direction,” said Beasley. “Alabama has four cities in the top 15 in the nation with the highest rates of opioid abuse, including our capital city. It is hard to fathom the number of people who are affected by this disaster that started because people were greedy. Opioid manufacturers and distributors were well aware of how addictive these drugs are; still they flooded the market and lied to the people of Alabama and across the country.”
“This crisis did not have to happen. Companies like Purdue have been more concerned about their economic bottom lines than the people who were prescribed their dangerously addictive drugs,” said Jones. “Their greed and disregard for human life have cost the taxpayers across the nation over $500 billion. Local communities, like the capital city, have been ground zero in this crisis, stretching every dollar to combat the ills of opioid addiction. These companies think they can walk away from the mess they created, so it is an honor to stand with those in our state’s capital and other local municipalities and counties in Alabama and around the country to help them hold the real culprits accountable.”
Economic damages resulting from the opioid epidemic include costs for providing medical care, therapeutic care and treatments for patients suffering from opioid-related addiction or disease, including overdoses and deaths; costs for providing counseling and rehabilitation services; costs for treating infants born with opioid-related medical conditions; public safety and law enforcement expenses; and care for children whose parents suffer from opioid-related disability or incapacitation.
In 2016, Montgomery County, where the City of Montgomery is located, had an opioid prescription rate of 88 for every 100 people. In addition to the City of Montgomery, three other Alabama cities rank in the Top 15 in the nation with the highest rates of opioid abuse – Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa. Nationally, opioids are responsible for killing more than 183,000 people since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016 alone, 42,000 people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses.
Defendants include Purdue Pharma L.P.; Purdue Pharma, Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, LTD.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. n/k/a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. n/k/a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Noramco, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Allergan PLC f/k/a Actavis PLS; Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. n/k/a Actavis, Inc.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; Actavis, LLC; Actavis Pharm a, Inc. f/k/a Watson Pharma, Inc.; Mallinckrodt plc; Mallinckrodt LLC; McKesson Corporation; Cardinal Health, Inc.; and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.
The complaint is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division.
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