Congress Should Step In To Solve The Opioid Crisis

Law360 (June 11, 2021, 6:24 PM EDT) -- Over the last decade, the opioid crisis has claimed the lives of over 360,000 Americans. Historically, the steady rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths has been attributed to prescription opiates, such as OxyContin and other painkillers.

While those addictive drugs fueled the crisis, most recently the rise in overdoses has shifted to drugs such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. As a result, opioid overdoses have contributed to a downward trend of life expectancy in America due to premature deaths of young people.

Parallel to this ongoing public health crisis has been an epidemic of litigation. More than 2,000 states, cities,...

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