Alabama Still Leads Nation in Opioid Prescription Rate
Alabama has the highest opioid prescription rate in the nation, and rates of opioid overdose deaths continue to increase. In fact, Alabama has been the leading prescriber of opioids since 2012, when there were 143.8 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in the state — that’s one and a half prescriptions per person. Prescription rates have since decreased — to about 107.21 per 100 people in 2017 — but they are still inexcusably high.
Have you or a loved one overdosed on prescribed opioids? Did you know you could potentially pursue compensation for the losses you have suffered due to the negligence of healthcare providers and drug manufacturers? While insurance companies and drug companies might insist that an overdose is entirely the fault of a consumer, many lawsuits have shown that drug overdose can be the fault of both healthcare providers and drug manufacturers.
If your loved one overdosed on prescription opioids, please contact Serious Injury Law Group today for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights.
Who Is Responsible for the Opioid Crisis in Alabama?
Since the onset of the opioid epidemic, the government has placed regulations on healthcare providers to curb opioid overdoses.
- First, the law requires medical professionals to use prescription drug monitoring software. Health providers in the state of Alabama are supposed to use this software every time they prescribe an opioid. The software tells them the last time the patient had an opioid prescribed, if another provider is prescribing opioids to the patient, and if any combinations of prescribed drugs might be dangerous.
- Medical professionals should also do urine tests to double-check the patient’s current levels of opioids.
- Lastly, healthcare providers should educate patients about the dangers of opioid addictions.
If a physician didn’t comply with any of those regulations and a patient was harmed as a result, there’s a chance that you might be able to seek damages from your physician for negligence.
Drug manufacturers can also be at fault in some cases. If the manufacturer falsely advertised the product, if the product was dangerous when used as intended, or if the drugs’ safety warnings were unclear or insufficient, you could be entitled to damages from the company that manufactured or distributed the drug that caused the overdose.
How an Attorney Can Help After a Drug Overdose in Your Family
Billion-dollar industries such as drug manufacturers and healthcare institutions have teams of highly trained, formidable lawyers to protect themselves. Without a skilled attorney by your side, the odds are stacked against you to prove that a drug overdose wasn’t your fault.
At Serious Injury Law Group, we are experienced trial attorneys who have the knowledge and the resources to take on deep-pocketed corporations. We have a long track record of fighting for individuals and families whose lives have been forever changed by dangerous medications and defective products.
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Let the experienced attorneys at Serious Injury Law Group help your family understand your legal rights in the aftermath of an opioid overdose. Our team of award-winning lawyers have been ranked in the top 100 National Trial Lawyers and have earned a reputation as aggressive advocates for our clients. We will work tirelessly for the full and fair compensation your family deserves.
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Chuck James is a Mobile native who graduated from University of Alabama. Chuck has been practicing law since early 2000. Contact Chuck James today for help with your personal injury case. Free consultations. Locations in Birmingham and Montgomery.