Over 42,000 Americans overdosed on prescription opioid medications in 2016. The epidemic has sparked hundreds of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other drug-makers for aggressively selling dangerous drugs and downplaying risks.
Hundreds of Opioid Lawsuits Centralized in Ohio
As of January 2018, over 200 opioid overdose lawsuits nationwide have been centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio under Judge Dan A. Polster. As the number of lawsuits has surged, Judge Polster has urged Purdue Pharma and other drug-makers to agree to quick settlements with dozens of states, cities, counties, and individuals who were harmed by the opioid epidemic.