Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed its fourth and fifth lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers on behalf of Alabama city or county governments, a bold move taken by numerous local governments across the country to counter the nation’s opioid epidemic. Both lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
The complaints were filed on behalf of Limestone County and the City of Anniston, respectively, and allege the governments have sustained economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden due to the opioid crisis.
Beasley Allen has previously filed suits on behalf of the City of Greenville, Houston County and Barbour County, all in Alabama.
“The problem of opioid addiction has become a national crisis,” said Beasley Allen attorney Rhon E. Jones, who serves as the firm’s head of Toxic Torts Section. “In addition to its huge toll on human life, the opioid epidemic has an economic cost of about $504 billion annually to communities throughout the country. Alabama has four cities in the top 15 in the nation with the highest rates of opioid abuse, including Anniston. This is a tremendous strain on city resources.”
The lawsuits blame the pharmaceutical industry for fueling addictions by misleading doctors and the public about the serious risks associated with the powerful painkillers, which has contributed to the staggering number of opioid overdoses.
The actions of these manufacturers and distributors has resulted in economic damages for providing medical care, therapeutic care and treatment for those suffering from opioid related disease or addiction, 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.
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