Good afternoon, everyone. As many of you know, I spend a lot of time with families in emotional crisis because of addiction and mental illness. I see a lot of crying moms, and sometimes crying dads. While we are able to help them to get their loved ones into treatment, there is something that has been a source of frustration for me. It parlays into what I think is very exciting news.
Several months ago, I read an article online about how some of the states are filing law suits against the pharmaceutical companies that have been peddling these opioids knowing that they would put people on the slippery slope to addiction. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about what I was seeing in my own practice. A lot of the children that we were Marchman Acting who were addicted to illegal opioids had begun the slippery slope of addiction by being prescribed some type of medication.
When I took a look at this lawsuit that was being filed by a number of different states, I said, “That’s great. The states are going to get some money back.” They feel that they’ve incurred expenses as a result of the opioid crisis. What about the families? What are they going to get? How does that help them? How does it help the families whose children have overdosed multiple times and ended up in the emergency room? What about the families who have ultimately lost a child as the result of an overdose? Who is taking care of those folks?
It became a mission of mine to try and make some of those families whole, and get a little bit of justice for them. I went to a friend of mine here in South Florida. He is a lawyer that I have tremendous respect for. I showed him what I read. I said, “What do you think about this?” He said, “Let me get back to you.” A month or two went by. I’m excited to announce that we’re joining forces with several other law firms. We’re going to be filing law suits against the pharmaceutical companies that have caused tremendous distress in families.
Addiction is destroying families. We’re going after them. We’re going to try to get a little justice for some of these families. Here’s the message. If you know a family who has a family member initially prescribed some type of opioid, and from that point on, they became addicted and ultimately overdosed or died as a result of the addiction, we want to hear about it. We’re in the middle of putting together this large lawsuit to go after these pharmaceutical companies. We want to help people.
If you know someone who might fit the bill, send them our way. Have them call our office. The office number here is 561-419-6095. When my receptionist answers the phone, let them know that you are calling about the opioid litigation. We’re going to help a lot of people. I know that money can’t bring someone back. It can’t turn back the clock, but I think you’ll get a little justice. I think it sends a very strong message to these pharmaceutical companies that probably think they’re untouchable from these families who have lost kids or had kids who have overdosed. I’m here to tell you, you’re not untouchable. We’re going to get some justice. If you know families who have suffered from this, please send them our way. Thank you. I appreciate all of the positive comments, messages and phone calls. As we move forward into 2018, we’re going to help a lot more people next year.