Is Litigation the Way to Combat the Opioid Crisis?

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This paper examines the lawsuits brought by state and local government entities against prescription opioid producers and sellers. It examines their potential liability as well as some of the defenses they might raise. The paper also discusses multidistrict litigation and government lawsuits in state court. It concludes that litigation is not the best solution to the opioid crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-306
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to thank the University of Kentucky College of Law for supporting this work with a Summer Research Grant. I would also like to thank the Medical University of South Carolina for inviting me to speak at its Symposium on the Opioid Crisis. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to those who reviewed this paper prior to its publication. Their comments and suggestions greatly improved my original paper.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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