The Opioid Epidemic: Who Will Jurors Hold Accountable?

By Christina Marinakis (July 20, 2018, 12:06 PM EDT) -- Politicians have suggested that the opioid epidemic is one of the biggest problems facing America, and many seem to agree (see Figure 1 below). Overdose deaths involving opioids have grown exponentially since 2010, and the recent decline of prescriptions and availability of traditional opioids has led to a rise in deaths related to heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol (see Figure 2 below).

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Hardly a day goes by when we don't hear about another lawsuit being filed accusing pharmaceutical companies, distributors, hospitals and pharmacies of fueling the country's addiction to opioids. Plaintiffs, mostly consisting...

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