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OxyContin, in 80 mg tablets, in a 2013 file picture.(Photo: TNS)

More than one-third of all Wisconsin counties sued a number of pharmaceutical drug makers and physicians on Tuesday for fraudulent advertising and marketing of prescription painkillers that   contributed to a nationwide public well being disaster of opioid dependancy and overdose deaths.

Separate lawsuits filed by 28 counties within the japanese federal district courtroom in Wisconsin search compensation for thousands and thousands of in prices of social companies, regulation enforcement and emergency care in responding to the opioids epidemic in every of the counties. 

The corporations created a public nuisance by way of a misleading advertising and marketing marketing campaign that misrepresents the protection of long-term opioid use, in keeping with the lawsuits.

Those counties be part of a rising variety of greater than two dozen states, cities and counties across the U.S. that have already got filed lawsuits making an attempt to carry pharmaceutical drug makers and distributors accountable for unhealthy religion enterprise practices and misrepresentation in advertising and marketing of opioids.

Milwaukee County is within the strategy of hiring authorized consultants to organize its personal lawsuits in opposition to opioid makers and distributors. 

“County governments are bearing the brunt of the costs of this crisis,” stated Erin Dickinson of Crueger Dickinson LLC, lead counsel together with badociate Charles Crueger within the lawsuits filed Tuesday. “Defendants have to be held answerable for the devastating results their actions have produced on counties throughout this nation.”

“Our regulation enforcement, human companies and judicial programs are being harbaded within the effort to successfully reply to and handle the harm brought on by opioid abuse and dependancy,” Alan Sleeter, chairman of the Oconto County Health and Human Services Board, stated Tuesday at a information convention in West Bend baderting the lawsuits.

“Communities all through Wisconsin have been struggling the devastating results of this opioid epidemic for years and we in Jefferson County imagine it’s time to take a stand,” stated Jim Schroeder, Jefferson County Board chairman. “Families have been destroyed and our hospitals and emergency services overwhelmed because of this opioid epidemic.”

The nationwide scale of the epidemic is nicely documented within the lawsuits filed by the 28 Wisconsin counties: Americans eat greater than 80% of all opioids produced globally; in 2010, 20% of all U.S. medical doctors’ visits resulted in a prescription for an opioid; by 2014, almost 2 million Americans both abused or had been depending on opioids; greater than 40 individuals die each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids and the loss of life whole stands at 200,000 or extra since 1999.

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In 2015 alone, greater than 31,000 U.S. residents died from opioid overdoses, in keeping with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The price of opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin almost doubled, from 5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2006 to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2015, in keeping with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health Services. Opioid-related hospital visits in Wisconsin, which embrace each inpatient hospitalizations and emergency division visits, have doubled during the last decade. In 2015, there have been almost six hospital stays involving opioids for each loss of life involving opioids.

There had been greater than 320 deaths from opioid overdoses within the group of 28  counties between 2013 and 2015, in keeping with paperwork supplied to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The grim tally in Wisconsin reached 1,824 deaths in the identical three yr interval.

In its lawsuit, Rock County reported 68 deaths within the three years. Washington County reported 49 with 30 in Fond du Lac County and 24 in Sauk County.

The 28 counties submitting lawsuits Tuesday span the breadth of the state, from Sheboygan and Door counties on the east to Florence and Douglas on the north, and Pierce on the western border. Each of the lawsuits was filed by a staff of legal professionals from Crueger Dickinson LLC in Whitefish Bay and Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC in New York City.

The defendants within the lawsuit are: Purdue Pharma L.P.; Purdue Pharma, Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Perry Fine of Utah; Scott Fishman of California; and Lynn Webster of Utah.

The physicians allegedly had been “instrumental in promoting opioids for sale and distribution nationally,” and in Wisconsin, in keeping with the lawsuits.

Purdue Pharma is the maker of OxyContin and Dilaudid. Endo Pharmaceuticals is the maker of Percocet and Percodan. Janssen Pharmaceuticals makes a fentanyl pores and skin patch. Cephalon makes a fentanyl lozenge. Fentanyl is a ache treatment 50 instances extra highly effective than heroin.

The Milwaukee County lawsuits will try and recuperate a few of the thousands and thousands of the county has spent on applications and companies aimed toward curbing the opioid disaster domestically, in keeping with Corporation Counsel Margaret Daun.

The Milwaukee County health worker estimates there will likely be greater than 325 opioid overdose deaths within the county this yr. As of Oct. 27, the health worker had confirmed a complete of 309 overdose deaths from all medicine together with opioids and heroin.


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