Illinois Counties File Complaints Against Manufacturers of Prescription Opioid Painkillers
Meyers & Flowers, along with Simmons Hanly Conroy, filed a series of lawsuits on behalf of Illinois’ Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Will County and McHenry County and Champaign County against the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their manufacture and aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates ravaging families and communities throughout the counties and the entire state.
“Opioid deaths in Cook County are growing at an alarming rate. This is a public health crisis affecting nearly every community in the County for which we must find a solution,” Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said. “We believe a good start is to aggressively confront one of the root causes of this national epidemic: the pharmaceutical companies and those paid by the pharmaceutical companies who put profits before public health and safety.” - Source
Deaths from opiates, cocaine and methamphetamines shot up by 35 percent in the United States between the year ending in May 2015 and that ending in May 2017, from about 49,000 to about 66,000, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - Source
Apart from the toll on human life, this crisis has financially strained the services counties, cities and towns provide to its residents and employees. Human services, social services, family services, court services, law enforcement services, and health services, including hospital, emergency, and ambulatory services, have all been severely impacted as the crisis continues to grow. The Meyers & Flowers team is applying their expertise in taking on the pharmaceutical industry as they help counties and municipalities fight back against the opioid epidemic.