Local governments across Michigan have filed lawsuits against drug manufacturers for their part in the opioid crisis.
The Detroit News is reporting that communities across Michigan are suing drug companies and retailers over excessive opioid use. They are seeking reimbursement of costs associated with the opioid crisis and changes to how these powerful drugs are marketed. Statistics show approximately 1,700 people died from opioid overdoses last year in Michigan.
Our workers’ comp clients are regularly prescribed these drugs. Opioid addiction has been a concern for years. Administrative rules were recently adopted prohibiting reimbursement beyond 90 days unless detailed physician reporting requirements and other processes are met. Workers’ comp also covers the cost of addiction treatment if needed.
It is encouraging to see the opioid crisis being addressed head-on. We hope anyone who is suffering from addiction gets needed help. We would also like to see proceeds from these government lawsuits be used to create a victim compensation fund.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by Brandon Giesbrecht.