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Can opioid abuse lead to a personal injury case?

Bipartisan members of Congress representing Ohio want to see the state get more funding to fight opioid abuse and the opioid crisis. The two representatives have urged the president, along with 48 colleagues' signatures, to set aside money to help with the overwhelming crisis.

The president has previously stated that there should be policy changes to address opioid abuse, but he has not set aside funds for fighting opioid issues within the states. He allowed access to a fund called the Public Health Emergency Fund, but ironically, that fund hasn't been funded in years. It contains $57,000.

The opioid crisis began primarily due to the over-prescribing of medications. Medical providers may not have realized the severity of potential addiction or ignored the signs for payoffs. Whatever the cause, people today are suffering real injuries and addiction as a result of opioid abuse and overuse. The government currently spends around $9.3 billion on addiction programs addressing the needs of those who use various substances. The additional funds would be aimed toward opioid dependency and addiction directly.

Although opioid use can get you into trouble with the law, it's also important to understand that many patients have suffered injuries as a result of medical providers issuing them these dangerous medications too often. There are people with serious injuries as a result of long-term painkiller use, and many believe that the medical providers, pharmacies and manufacturers should be held accountable for these individuals' injuries. If you're addicted as a result of a doctor's negligence or intentional misconduct, your personal injury could be one you can seek a claim for.

Source:, "Ohio Congress members seek federal money to fight opioid abuse," Sabrina Eaton, accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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