Since the late 1990s, opioid prescriptions and sales have skyrocketed. This trend has been tied to two major components; hyper aggressive marketing of opioid containing substances as well as misrepresentation about the dangers related to opioid addiction. Between 2002 and 2015, over 500,000 Americans died due to a drug overdose, with more than half of those cases specifically involving opioid abuse.

This epidemic has caused immeasurable tragedy for this country. It has also cost this country $78.5 billion to counteract the affects that accompany opioid abuse at a national scale. In both 2013 and 2014, San Antonio, for example experienced the second highest opioid-related overdose mortality rate across the nation. Between 2007 and 2014, the opioid-related diagnoses in San Antonio skyrocketed by over 140,000%! Over this time period, Military City has had to compensate millions in costs related to medical care, criminal justice, as well as substance abuse treatment for citizens affected by this opioid epidemic. Accountability is never optional and our legal team is chomping at the bit to get the justice San Antonio and other communities deserve.

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Opioid addiction has affected millions of Americans and families across the nation, wreaking havoc on the professional, personal, and financial commitments of many. To make the pandemic worse, municipalities have inherited millions in expenses associated to combating opioid related issues; including law enforcement, overdose response, and rehabilitation treatment services. Neither the patient nor the city that patient resides should be forced to rectify the negligence of the doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and prescription companies that have allowed this problem to fester to the level that it has reached. If you think your municipality has been affected by this pandemic, give us a call or fill out the contact form so that our team of attorney’s may investigate your potential case. We understand that these opioid injuries were preventable and could have been avoided had proper attention been practiced by leading authorities. Let our team of opioid injury and death lawyers fight for your justice and finally hold accountable those responsible for the epidemic that our country is battling each and every day.

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Phipps Ortiz Talafuse, and our team of opioid injury and death attorney’s, stand ready to aggressively pursue justice for any states, cities, counties or municipalities who have been affected by the Opioid Epidemic. Our firm understands the dreadful nature of this unfortunate, avoidable tragedy and we will not let those responsible avoid accountability any longer. We are prepared to represent those seeking justice against the pharmaceutical companies and prescribing doctors whose negligent actions gave opportunity for this epidemic to become a national crisis. Give us call now or fill out a contact form and let us evaluate your options at no cost.

Our highly skilled opioid litigation team can offer you the insight and strong representation you need to improve, protect and preserve lives. We will never leave you high and dry. Our team will walk you through the entire process and ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Advertised as a pain medication, Oxycodone is used by over 22 million people in the US and the number keeps rising every year ever since it was classified as a Schedule II drug in the 1970s. The label attracted users who ended up abusing and getting addicted to the highly addictive opioid and because it was cheaper to acquire compared to Heroin.
Made from morphine, this well-known opioid drug infiltrates the brain and compromises our pain and pleasure responses. Usually injected, smoked, snorted or sniffed, it is often cited as one of the most dangerous drugs in the entertainment industry and on the streets. As a highly addictive drug, it often results in substance use disorder leading to devastating health issues and a reduced quality of life.

Fentanyl is highly addictive since it is odorless, flavorless and potent enough to trigger an overdose from a single whiff. Like Oxycodone, it has spread like wildfire because of its low price and the fact that it is easy to hide.

From the elderly to the newborn, opioid addiction can be life threatening and if not, it can be still have a devastating effect on your quality of life. At Phipps Ortiz Talafuse PLLC we are committed when it comes to exposing the actions of big pharmaceutical companies that target vulnerable patients.

If you or someone you love has been affected, they or you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with us for a consultation today!






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