Drug Safety

Mississippi Hospitals File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers

A group of 11 Mississippi hospitals have filed a civil suit in the Circuit Court of Hinds County against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of opioid-based drugs. Mississippi hospitals have been on the front lines fighting and treating the complications of addiction as the opioid crisis has reached epidemic levels.

Mississippi was one of the top five opioid prescribing states in the nation in 2017. For every 100 persons, 92.9 opioid prescriptions were written, compared to the U.S. average of 58.7 prescriptions. In 2018, enough opioids were dispensed for every man, woman and child in Mississippi to have 50 doses each.

“The opioid epidemic placed an incredible strain on the already overburdened health care system in Mississippi and throughout the country. Now our already stretched hospitals are dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic and facing unprecedented levels of lost revenue, financial challenges, and supply and staffing shortages,” said Don Barrett, attorney with Barrett Law Group, P.A., representing the Mississippi hospitals. “But unlike the coronavirus, the opioid epidemic was man-made. The institutions that designed and profited from that crisis must be held accountable.”

The lawsuit takes aim at the primary cause of the opioid crisis – the false and deceptive marketing of the drugs, which was designed to dramatically increase the demand, distribution and sale of opioids. The suit alleges these practices resulted in opioid dependence, criminal activity, increased health care costs, serious health issues and the loss of life. 

Read the source article at PR Newswire

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