Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled. The number of deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled over the same time period. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
As hundreds of thousands of people suffered from the metastasizing opioid epidemic, attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy took notice and effectively invented large-scale, multi-defendant opioid litigation against drug manufacturers. In 2003, the firm commenced groundbreaking opioid litigation and went toe-to-toe against pharmaceutical giants, becoming the only major plaintiffs’ firm in the country at the time to prosecute and hold them accountable for the havoc they wreaked on individuals, families and governmental entities throughout the country. The firm continues to lead the way in opioid litigation and serves as a trusted ally to local and state governments who seek justice and reprieve from the often debilitating costs associated with fighting the opioid crisis.