Recently, the Oklahoma State Justice Department succeeded in coming to a settlement with drugmaker Allergan and pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. The settlement came out to about $226 million, funds that Oklahoma won from the four corporations for their harmful role in advancing the opioid epidemic. This settlement is a victory for Oklahoma, as the Sooner State has been one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, especially regarding prescription opioid addiction.
Oklahoma, a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic and a number of addiction crises that followed, just secured a $250 million settlement with pharma distributors McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen for the role those companies played in Oklahoma’s addiction epidemic. Hopefully, Oklahoma will use the settlement to fund desperately needed treatment programs for struggling addicts.
The last few years have seen hundreds of court cases levied against pharmaceutical companies for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. One recent development came in the form of an unfortunate loss for plaintiffs, when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson.
Many eyes are watching Oklahoma State’s lawsuit against pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson. The outcome of this trial could set a precedent for the nearly 2,000 other lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical businesses and their executives.
In a lawsuit filed by the State of Oklahoma, we are learning more about how Johnson & Johnson helped create the opioid epidemic that has robbed more than a half-million Americans of their lives.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die from overdoses on opioid drugs every day. Such opioids include pharmaceutical pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl, and synthetic hybrid combinations of different opioid drugs.
For years, decades even, public outcry has been the talk of the day in an insistence on holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the drugs they make and for the terrible effects those drugs have on the American populace.