What is the Opioid Crisis?

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In short, the opioid crisis  - sometimes also referred to as the “opioid epidemic” - broadly refers to the devastating social and economic effects caused by the unlawful marketing and distribution of opioid pain medications by nationwide manufacturers, distributors and retail pharmacies.  These detrimental effects include the vast number of individual deaths caused by opioid or drug-related overdoses, the steep increase in drug-related crime and law enforcement gatewayed by opioid use, increase in addiction treatment costs and expenses for treating opioid dependency, and the immense amount of governmental resources expended to help the local communities manage these issues. 


Dustin C. Carter
Attorney Dustin Carter is a member of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault's Mass Tort and Complex Litigation Group.