Overprescribing Prescription Painkillers
Fighting for Victims of Spokane's Opioid Epidemic
Thousands of parents and family members have lost a loved one to a prescription
painkiller overdose. Other families have suffered devastating losses like
the one you may be going through right now.
The truth is that America has a severe over-prescription problem and,
unfortunately, Spokane is no exception.
Over the last 15 years, over half a million Americans lost their lives
due to prescription drug overdoses, 78 new graves every single day, according
to the Center for Disease Control. In Washington State, research from
the University of Washington shows that drug deaths involving opioids
have increased over one-third. “Pill mill” doctors, including
reckless Spokane prescribers, are facing intense scrutiny from local and national authorities as the rate of
drug overdoses in Washington continues to rise.
At Sweetser Law Office, we are our doing our part to fight the opioid crisis
afflicting our family members and community. You can call our office for a
free consultation with a Spokane personal injury lawyer about a prescription painkiller overdose.
Getting Answers from Prescribing Doctors after Painkiller Overdoses
Sweetser Law Office is committed to fighting the opioid crisis that has afflicted our family
members and community. If you suspect your son’s or daughter’s
death was the result of over-prescription, you need answers. Grappling
with the sudden and unexpected loss of your loved one is never easy.
Of all the unanswered questions, the most haunting are:
- How did this happen?
- How could have this been prevented?
- Who, if anyone, failed your loved one?
Let's make one thing clear:
not your loved one’s fault.
It is not
The only person with something to hide is the doctor who may have been
overprescribing powerful and addictive prescription pills without medical
justification. While that doctor was raking in profits, they might have
put your loved one on a deadly path. If you
call Sweetser Law Office, we will get to the bottom of any information the doctor might be concealing.
If you suspect your family member’s
death was the result of over-prescription, we will seek answers about what caused
his or her death. We will investigate and get the truth because your love
mattered – and if another senseless death can be prevented we want to do
Medical practices that have recklessly prescribed painkillers will be held accountable.
We will employ our legal and financial resources to make certain overprescribing
physicians face the consequences. Moreover, we will fight for every dollar
your family is entitled to.
Over-Prescribing Painkillers Is Medical Malpractice
Using caution when prescribing narcotic painkillers is something the whole
medical community agrees upon. Doctors who fail to do that, who knowingly
prescribe dangerous medications without regard for their patients’
health, are straying from the acceptable standard of care.
It is no secret among the medical community that opiates have a tendency
to lead to dependency and addiction:
- Prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin are from the same
drug class as heroin – and are just as addicting and dangerous.
- Doctors know the risks, which is why most doctors are cautious when it
comes to prescribing high doses of painkillers that can derail a person’s life.
- The possibility of an overdose, addiction, or physical dependency even
among patients who are taking opioids as directed for legitimate medical
conditions, is very real.
What the opioid epidemic shows us is far too many doctors are prescribing
are not careful, who fail to monitor their patients, who keep writing prescriptions,
at higher and higher doses, without even ordering tests to determine
why the painkillers are not working. Sometimes these doctors are not even
trained or certified in pain management and have no business prescribing
long-term opiates. Over-prescribing painkillers is negligent and reckless,
and doctors in our community must be held accountable for the devastating
impact this form of medical malpractice causes.
Get Sweetser Law Practice On The Case
Sweetser Law Office, our founding attorney
James R. Sweetser has more than 30 years of legal experience and has been at the helm of
numerous high-profile civil and criminal cases, in both State and Federal
Court. You need an attorney who possesses the breadth of experience necessary
to handle your case. You can benefit from having our Spokane personal
injury attorney firm fighting on behalf of your family.