The Real Costs of Opioid Addiction
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the annual economic burden of prescription opioid abuse in the United States to be $78.4 billion. The CDC broke this down further, estimating the staggering average aggregate distribution of economic costs, many of which are shouldered by governments, municipalities and communities as follows:
• Lost Productivity – $42 billion
• Health Insurance – $26.1 billion
• Criminal Justice – $7.6 billion
• Substance Abuse Treatment – $2.8 billion
The end goal of this litigation and others like it is to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the costs communities incur as a result of the opioid epidemic. These cases seek to recover those costs, including costs for opioids, social costs, and costs related to addiction treatment, programming and training, healthcare, criminal justice and victimization, as well as lost productivity.