Opioid Epidemic: Are Doctors Overprescribing Painkillers?

Is Medical Malpractice Contributing to the Opioid Epidemic?

In recent years, an opioid epidemic has been sweeping the US. In addition to illegal opioid drugs, such as heroin, legal prescription opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, are also contributing to America’s opioid epidemic. Due to this fact, doctors have been under the microscope, because some have accused them of over prescribing opioids, leading to patients becoming addicted to or even overdosing on opioids.

Can Patients Sue Doctors for Over Prescribing Opioid Painkillers?

Yes, in certain situations patients can pursue legal action against the doctor, healthcare facility or pharmacist for over prescribing opioid painkillers. Generally, patients can file lawsuits based on the fact that the doctors over prescribing opioid drugs to the patients led to the patients becoming addicted to or overdosing on opioids.

Physicians, pharmacists and hospitals have a responsibility to prescribe the correct dosage of opioids to patients. These are powerful drugs and when medical professionals over prescribe them to patients, it can lead to addiction and overdose. When this happens, those at fault must be held accountable. Holding them accountable helps provide victims and their families with the financial help they need to cover hospital bills and rehabilitation expenses and it also helps prevent others from suffering the same way in the future.

Do you believe you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice? Call the Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Karlin & Karlin, Attorneys at Law and schedule a free consultation to speak with them about your situation today.

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