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.