An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Generation Rx

Photo of Brant Stogner

Recently, the Houston Chronicle published an article indicating that the Unites States consumes over 70% of the world's legal medicinal supply of opiates. The Houston Chronicle cites to an analysis of the Congressional Record and international treaty data in reaching these figures. Given that opiates are powerful, poppy-based pain medications, and closely related to heroin, these statistics are shocking. Toxicologists and chemists fear that the nation's over-prescription problem is creating a "Generation Rx." Even more shocking and alarming are the increasing number of prescription drug overdose deaths across the country.

Some are describing the national wave of prescription overdoses as a "national epidemic." Many are criticizing the federal agencies that oversee imports, the federal agencies that license drugmakers, and doctors as being sluggish in their reactions to the exponential increases in reported overdose deaths caused by opiates. Indeed, prescription drug overdoses have doubled in the past five years, nationwide. Experts are critical of the FDA in that they feel that the FDA is too dependent on the pharmaceutical industry for funding and is too slow to react to strong evidence of public health threats posed by prescription pain medication.

Also recently, a Harris County jury hit a local doctor and his "pill mill" for millions of dollars and awarded it to the family of an overdose victim, Michael Skorpenske. The jurors were interviewed and they wanted to "send a message." However, since 2006, more than 1,200 people have died of accidental overdoses in Harris County. In fact, Houston doctors have been directly traced to high-profile prescription drug deaths by DEA and the Texas Medical Board. Both Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger received at least one prescription from a Houston-based doctor. This is a problem that hits close to home.

According to emergency room data from the Drug Awareness Warning Network, the number of overdoses caused by prescription drugs are double, triple, or even quadruple the number of overdoses tied to "illegal drugs" like cocaine or heroin in almost every major American city. However, because big business and the pharmaceutical industry get to make the profits on these drug sales, we don't yet have a "War on Prescription Drugs." According to Dr. Amitava Dasgupta, an expert in toxicology and clinical chemistry, "If you stop this growth of pain medicines, drug companies will face a serious crisis because these are the most-prescribed drugs in this country" and "we're concerned that we're going to create an entire generation that is dependent on drugs."

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Back to top