Broward County and the city of Fort Lauderdale have announced that they will be represented by a team of five law firms, including Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, in litigation against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors for their alleged roles in the devastating and ongoing opioid crisis. The other firms on the team are Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert, Morgan & Morgan, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.
Opioid drugs kill over 100 Americans every day, costing healthcare providers nearly $80 billion per year in lost productivity and increased social services, as well as for treatment for drug abuse and addiction. Accidental drug overdose deaths, of which at least two-thirds are opioid-related overdoses, are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.
Ongoing Harm from the Opioid Catastrophe in Florida
The opioid drug catastrophe has resulted in a flood of opioids available for illicit use or sale in and around Florida, and it has created a population of Florida patients physically and psychologically dependent on these drugs. When those patients can no longer afford or legitimately obtain opioids, they often turn to the street to buy illegally diverted prescription opioids or heroin or other illicit opioid drugs. The harm to these individuals, to their families, and to the communities around them is a continuing tragedy that is straining the lives and resources of cities and communities, including hospitals and health care, insurers, law enforcement and fire and medical emergency personnel, courts, government administration, child and infant care, prisons, and schools and educational facilities.