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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the United States dies from an overdose of a prescription opioid every sixteen minutes. The opioid epidemic has torn through our country with a frightening pace, impacting citizens and their communities.

Since 1999, there have been more than 351,000 reported deaths—more than six times the number of U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.

The societal costs of prescription opioid abuse are enormous. As the crisis continues to devastate families and communities, local governments are spending (and borrowing) record amounts of money to combat the epidemic. Estimates of the total financial impact of this burden—including the costs of providing health care, lost worker productivity, and criminal justice-related costs—reach as high as $500 billion annually.

In an attempt to clamp down on the epidemic, more than 650 lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors alleging that they lied about the dangers of opioids and flooded communities with prescription pills. More cases are being filed every day.

Edelson PC represents a broad range of stakeholders in litigation against the opioid companies, including municipalities, unions, and consumers.

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