Painkiller Overdose Lawyer

American Medical Association Calls For Better Monitoring to Reduce Painkiller Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | June 16th, 2015

Painkillers can be vital to the care and treatment of those suffering from many injuries or diseases. However, the number of adverse health events involving these drugs continues to increase each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that painkiller overdoses accounted for more fatalities in 2013 than gunshot wounds and car accidents combined.

The painkiller overdose lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the federal government is hoping that a better infrastructure of prescription drug monitoring programs will reduce the number of drug injuries that involve painkillers each year.

Reports from The Post and Courier explain the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for states to improve and build on prescription drug monitoring programs by ensuring they can effectively collect and share patient data. The AMA is also encouraging each state to ensure funding is available for these programs.

The hope is that these measures will help doctors examine the risks and benefits of prescribing painkillers to patients.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of how dangerous prescription painkillers can be, and our drug injury lawyers are hopeful these new policies can help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with this type of medication.

Most Common Painkiller Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2014

There are many medications currently on the market that can cause serious harm when not taken correctly. Many are used to alleviate pain, which is why the painkiller overdose lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to point out a few of the most common painkiller overdoses:

  • Acetaminophen– This over-the-counter drug can be purchased in hundreds of products, including Tylenol® and NyQuil®. It is also found in certain prescription drugs as well. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl– Most commonly distributed in patches, this opioid medication is strong enough to pass into the bloodstream through contact with the skin. The strength of this medication is also an indication as to why it is involved in a large quantity of accidental overdose deaths.
  • Oxycodone– Typically prescribed to control moderate to severe chronic pain in patients, this medication is also one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market. Due to the fact this drug is prescribed to patients with persistent pain, many build tolerance to the drug. This can lead to increases in dosage, which also increase the chances of overdose.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor, the team of drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at (800) 210-8503 anytime.

Prescription Painkiller Labels Changing to Reduce Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2013

September 10, 2013

While Opioid-based pain medications can be an effective tool in the treatment of many patients, the Painkiller Overdose Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain these medications have some of the highest rates of injury and death in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2008 alone, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and a majority of these deaths were attributed to prescription painkillers.

In an effort to reduce these numbers, the U.S Food and Drug Administration recently announced it would be requiring new labeling standards for extended-release prescription painkillers. The agency also stated it would be requiring manufacturers of these drugs to examine the long-term effects taking these medications for extended periods of time can cause.

The new labels will indicate that the drugs are not intended for “as needed” users, and should instead only be given to those in need of long-term pain management. Furthermore, the labels will also state that the medications are intended only for users where alternative treatment methods failed.

The law firm’s team of Drug Injury Lawyers are hopeful that the labeling changes will be effective in helping to reduce the number of patients who suffer overdoses of prescription strength pain medications.