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Prescription opioids–including OxyContin and Percocet, among others–are currently causing unprecedented harm across the country. According to the CDC, someone in the United States dies from an overdose of a prescription opioid every sixteen minutes. Since 1999, there have been more than 183,000 reported deaths—more than three times the number of U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. According to some estimates, the opioid crisis is costing governmental entities and private companies as much as five hundred billion dollars a year.

In an attempt to clamp down on the epidemic, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against pharmaceutical manufacturers alleging that the companies deceived physicians and consumers about the dangers of prescription painkillers. Over the next six months, it is estimated that over one thousand lawsuits will be on file in state and federal courts.

Edelson PC is one of three firms leading a coordinated multi-state opioid litigation coalition. The larger legal team, comprised of a dozen firms spread through the nation, have agreed to coordinate their state court litigation efforts to both increase efficiencies and speak with a unified voice.

Collectively the coalition represents a broad range of stakeholders, including cities (both large and small), counties (both large and small), states, self-insured businesses, and other third-party payors (e.g., Taft-Hartley Trust Funds).

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