Keller Rohrback represents government entities seeking to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for the devastating consequences of flooding the country with highly addictive and dangerous prescription opioids. The manufacturers aggressively marketed the pills to doctors and patients through a campaign of distortion and misinformation—claiming that opioids were safe and effective for the treatment of chronic pain and a wide range of other conditions, and that addiction was rare. None of this was true.
Obscured from the marketing was the fact that prescription opioids are not much different than heroin—indeed on a molecular level, they are virtually indistinguishable. They are synthesized from the same plant, have similar molecular structures, and bind to the same receptors in the human brain. It is no wonder then that there is a straight line between prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction.
The country is in the throes of a national crisis—an opioid epidemic that is killing thousands of people every year. Opioid overdose deaths (which include prescription opioids as well as heroin) have risen steadily every year, from approximately 4,030 in 1999 to 15,597 in 2009 and to over 33,000 in 2015. In 2016, that toll climbed to 53,000. More than half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid, like those manufactured by Defendants.
Opioid manufacturers, Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, among others, made billions of dollars pushing dangerous, highly addictive narcotics. State and local governments are saddled with the inordinate costs and burdens of the crisis created by the drugmakers’ greed and indifference.
Keller Rohrback is honored to represent government entities that have made the decision to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the damage the manufacturers have caused. We are devoted to our clients and committed to helping them achieve justice.
Keller Rohrback’s Pending Opioid Marketing Litigation
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. represents multiple government entities in filed complaints against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and other entities, for the reckless promotion and distribution of opioids. The suits seek to hold the Defendants accountable for their reckless promotion and distribution of the use of potent opioids for chronic pain while deliberately downplaying the significant risks of the addiction and overdose. Our clients are on the front line of combating the opioid crisis and have suffered significant economic damages as a result. For more details on the pending actions, please choose from the below listed actions.
List of Current Cases
City of Tacoma, Washington – Filed 09/13/2017
King County, Washington – Filed 01/05/2018
Skagit County, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley, Washington – Filed 01/25/2018
Pierce County, Washington – Filed 02/01/2018
Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool – Filed 02/01/2018
Thurston County, Washington – Filed 03/26/2018
Clark County, Washington – Filed 03/27/2018
Arizona School Alliance for Workers’ Compensation – Filed 04/18/2018
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are commonly prescribed as pain relievers. The drugs work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain or body. Once they attach, they inhibit pain signals. Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin and prescription medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Long-term use can lead to addiction and abuse. Prescription opioid abuse is often a gateway to heroin addiction. In fact, over 80 percent of new heroin addicts between 2008 and 2010 started with prescription opioids.
Oxycodone (such as OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet (a combo of oxycodone and acetaminophen))
Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Norco)
Morphine (Avinza, Kadian)
Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze)
Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
Codeine (generic forms)
Tramadol (ConZip, Ultram)
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
In the News
Clallam County to Join Opioid Lawsuit – 02/02/2018
A Brief, Blood-Boiling History of the Opioid Epidemic (Mother Jones)
The Family That Built an Empire on Pain (The New Yorker)
The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making (New York Times, Oct. 26, 2017)
About the Epidemic (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Opioid history: From ‘Wonder Drug’ to Abuse Epidemic (CNN, Oct. 14, 2016)