Opioid Research Institute Quotes Paul and Marie Napoli
April 17, 2018
Almost all the suits in the MDL seek reimbursement for increased opioid-related costs imposed by the epidemic, including, for instance, first-responder and Narcan costs, emergency room care, neonatal care, foster care, expanded morgue space, and body bags. “It’s truly cradle-to-grave expenses,” plaintiffs lawyer Marie Napoli said.
Polster’s other key act last week was ordering the DEA to turn over a vast storehouse of information from its so-called ARCOS/DADS database, i.e., the Automated Records and Consolidated Orders System/Diversion Analysis and Detection System. It tracks the flow of all controlled substances legally
manufactured in, or imported to the United States, from manufacturer to distributor to retailer to consumer. In 2016, for instance, it tracked about 80 million transactions.
“It’s huge,” says plaintiffs lawyer Paul Napoli of the ruling, which he believes will help prove, among other things, liability of distributors for failing to report suspicious orders. (Napolis an attorney in the Cuyahoga County case, among scores of others; Marie is his wife and a partner.)