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Can I Sue My Doctor for Enabling an Addiction to Pain Medication?

The abuse and addiction rates of opioids and pain relievers is a serious issue that affects the health, economic and social welfare within our society. There were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. who suffer from an addiction to pain medication in 2012 and approximately 467,000 people addicted to heroin, which is often used as a substitute once the addict no longer has access to prescription pain medication. Part of why this epidemic has grown so rapidly is because of physicians overprescribing opioid medication to patients carelessly, enabling addicts and creating a way for already vulnerable injured people to become addicted. If You Develop an Addiction to Pain Medication, Who is at Fault? More often than not, pain medication created from opium, such as Percocet, OxyContin, Vicodin, Dilaudid and hydrocodone, are prescribed to patients in intense pain from either workplace injuries or painful medical procedures. On average, approximately 4.5 percent of…
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