Uncovering The Truth About Opioid Abuse
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is proud to announce that it has been retained by Nassau County to assist the County in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that aggressively marketed and distributed prescription opiates. The litigation will be spearheaded by Paul J. Napoli, Salvatore C. Badala, and Joseph L. Ciaccio.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has stated: “Local governments such as the County of Nassau have spent millions of dollars in costs related to opioid addiction and abuse including health care costs, criminal justice and victimization and lost productivity. This litigation seeks restitution from the industry for their aggressive marketing and distribution of opiates.”
Napoli Shkolnik will work with Nassau County to investigate the impact the over-prescription of opiates has had, and continues to have, on the County’s health insurance plan, treatment programs, and more.
“As a Nassau County resident, it’s important that we protect our residents from the opioid epidemic. This is the first of many steps in our fight against the opioid epidemic and the high costs to our communities,” says Paul Napoli.
“It’s time to turn the tables on the opioid epidemic. We hope that this lawsuit will recoup the County’s costs associated with the opioid epidemic and educate residents on the growing dangers of opioids,” says Salvatore Badala.
HBO has made their opioid documentary (“Warning: This Drug May Kill You“) available for free.
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In the past several months, many towns, counties, and other municipalities have come forward to join the fight with Napoli Shkolnik against the Opioid Epidemic. This calamity has caused the loss of many lives and millions of dollars in police training, NARCAN (Naloxone) purchases to combat overdosing, and many other expenses.
When an opioid overdose leads to loss of life, it can be easy to put the blame on the victim themselves, calling them an addict and saying that they should have known better. However, addiction is much more complex than that, and opioids are legal drugs that people are often given from the doctors and healthcare professionals whom they trust. Doctors and pharmacists should exercise discretion in prescribing these drugs, and commit to treating patients with a high duty of care. These drugs should not be given out lightly, and if addiction is suspected, a prescription should never be refilled.
The opioid epidemic is taking over communities throughout the United States, leading to addictions that ruin lives, and overdoses leading to deaths. At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, we believe that part of the problem lies in the over prescribing of opioid medications as a result of careless and negligent medical care. If you or a loved one has suffered due to prescription opioids, our lawyers want to meet with you to discuss your case today.