Opioids, Public nuisance, Health crisis, Toxic torts, Epidemic, Public Health, Lead Paint, Tobacco, Pollution
Opioid use in the United States increased five-fold in the last decade.
Every day ninety Americans die from drug abuse overdose. Is it
illegal opioid trafficking, or is it a problem within the medical profession?
Recent litigation strategies, like those used in the recent
landmark case of Oklahoma v. Johnson and Johnson, show that opioid
production and distribution are being linked to fueling the opioid
epidemic. Oklahoma is just one of the states that have concluded that
Johnson and Johnson, a large pharmaceutical company, is “overstating”
the efficiency of opioids and “understating” the harmful effects
of these drugs. Consequently, litigation has begun across the country
charging pharmaceutical companies for causing the opioid crisis.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Manning, Lindsay and Thompson, Hannah L.
"Stretching the Law: The Application of Public Nuisance to the Opioid Epidemic,"
Brigham Young University Prelaw Review: Vol. 34
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byuplr/vol34/iss1/13