Forty-seven U.S. States have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, requesting a total of $2.2 trillion dollars as compensation for Purdue's contributions to the opioid epidemic. Is this a fair number?
While alcohol is a problem everywhere, it does not affect all states equally. As the drug epidemic has swept across America, so too has alcohol addiction become more severe.—and it seems to touch down with particular severity in certain regions.
For some time, rural America was thought to be safe from the 21st-century addiction epidemic. That is no longer the case. Many mostly rural states are now in an addiction upheaval. Oklahoma, for example, has one of the fastest-growing meth problems in the nation. How can this state free itself of such a vicious drug crisis?
Oklahoma's lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson revealed the role this company played in encouraging the too-liberal use of opioid painkillers. Witness testimony also pointed to the special way this company profited from increased prescribing – of their own drugs or even drugs from other companies.
When we think of the drug problem in the U.S., the first thing we almost always think of is the opiate epidemic. The opiate epidemic usually takes the spotlight. And not without good reason. The majority of all drug deaths every year are at the hands of opiates.
It may seem like an impossible task to halt the runaway train of our opioid crisis. But Oklahoma has prepared a plan to do just that which can serve as a model for other states and let us estimate the price tag to eliminate this catastrophe.
In an Oklahoma courtroom, state attorneys claim that Johnson & Johnson should pay their fair share for their role in creating the opioid epidemic that claimed thousands of lives in the state. Why will this cost more than $800 million the first year?
In August 2019, Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman ordered Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay Oklahoma $572 million for the harm their products cause. When the settlement is paid, what will the benefits actually be? Will Oklahomans actually benefit?
Arkansas is a very rural state with widely scattered population centers. These remote areas permit the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels who bring addictive, deadly substances into the state.
One of the most troubling drug abuse and addiction problems that currently affect our nation is the problem of prescription drug abuse.