In Nov. 2022, Walmart announced that it would pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits filed by state and local governments for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis. To date, more than 500,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of opioid use and misuse in the U.S. during the past 20 years.
Opioids are highly effective painkillers that are also highly addictive. Countless Americans have experienced severe health problems as a result of opioids and their addictive properties, and the CDC says that the number of opioid overdose death is increasing annually. It’s estimated that more than 75,000 people died from opioid overdoses in a 12-month span from April 2020-2021 alone.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe that opioid manufacturers and distributors, including large supermarkets and pharmacies, should be held accountable for their role in the nation’s opioid epidemic. These powerful and addictive drugs have ravaged entire cities and communities throughout our nation and have cost innocent people their savings, their careers, and even their lives.
If you or someone you love was harmed by an opioid, including fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, or hydromorphone, we want to help you get the compensation you’re owed. The parties behind these drugs knew their dangers and addictive potential and continued making, selling, and recommending them to vulnerable people and populations—all in the name of profit.