It’s devastating enough when a loved one dies from an overdose, but learning that the oxycodone, hydrocodone, or Percocet came from someone running a drug ring can conjure a wide range of emotions. Unfortunately, excessive prescription of narcotic medication is a problem in northeast Ohio. If you have questions about filing a wrongful death lawsuit for Cleveland prescription fraud or negligence, contact attorney Tom Robenalt for a free consultation today.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines opioids as pain relievers that include medications such as hydrocodone, or its brand name Vicodin, oxycodone, or OxyContin, morphine, and codeine. Occasionally, doctors prescribe fentanyl to patients that have a history of drug or alcohol abuse and the results can be devastating.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 78 people die from an opioid overdose every day in the United States. That same month, 22 people died from one in Cuyahoga County. Twelve died in a five-day time span.
May 2, the CDC reported that drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased by 18.3 percent between 2013 and 2014, when 2,744 people OD’d.
Between 2011 and 2015, 61 doctors and 15 pharmacists lost their license for improperly prescribing or dispensing prescription drugs, per Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Of those doctors, 51 had their license permanently revoked.
“What we found [during our investigation] is there were doctors who were really just drug dealers,” DeWine said.
If you believe a loved one died as a result of an overdose from drugs that were prescribed by doctors, contact the Cleveland excessive prescription negligence attorneys at Robenalt Law today. We offer free consultations to address your questions and a zero-cost review of your potential claims. We also handle most cases on a contingency fee basis, so if we don’t win your case, we won’t charge you for legal fees. You can rest assured that what is discussed during your consultation will remain confidential, but please don’t delay. Ohio places a statute of limitations, or time limit, on potential claims. For your free consultation, call 216-223-7535, email email@example.com, or fill out our online form. We work with clients in the Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Akron metro areas, as well as throughout Ohio.