Taking the Opioid Crisis to Court
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 583 , Segment 1
Episode: Opioid Crisis, Textbook Price, Black Women and the Economy
- Jun 28, 2017 11:00 pm
- 17:58 mins
Guest: Jim Ruble, JD, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah The opioid abuse crisis has taken a new legal turn. For years, we’ve seen prosecutors and the families of overdose victims going after doctors who prescribed the opiate painkillers. Now we’re seeing a number of cities and states trying to pin wrongdoing on the manufacturers and distributors of drugs, including OxyContin and Percocet. The most high-profile is a lawsuit filed recently by the state of Ohio, arguing five drug makers knowingly misled doctors and patients about the risk of opioids. There are also pending lawsuits against pharmacies, including Walgreens and Walmart, for failing to keep a proper eye on just how much of these prescription pain killers were flowing into a community.