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Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

opioid oxycodone Shutterstock 329x210 Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, countiesBeasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County.

Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and Georgia. The firm is also representing the State of Alabama in an opioid lawsuit targeting OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

The opioid manufacturers and distributors are being accused of creating an opioid epidemic that has led to economic damages for the costs of 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.

At least 180 opioid lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District Court of Ohio under U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster. The MDL is expected to grow rapidly as new plaintiffs and defendants are added. Manufacturers of opioid painkillers are accused of overstating the benefits of their drugs while downplaying the risks. Distributors are blamed for failing to monitor and report suspicious drug orders.

Source: Beasley Allen