5 Insurance Coverage Questions Raised By Opioid Litigation

By Raymond Tittmann, Christina Roberto and Aaron Bibbee (August 7, 2019, 3:09 PM EDT) -- "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This ancient proverb would appear to describe well the state of opioid litigation, judging from the footprints left by its first steps.

The opioid epidemic is real and tragic. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is reportedly driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.[1] Lethal drug overdoses increased fourfold from 1999 to 2008, corresponding exactly to the increased rate of painkillers...

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