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Study Finds Opioids Are Linked to a Majority of Medication Mistake Lawsuits

America’s opioid epidemic is the worst public health crisis in decades. Thousands of people are overdosing OxyContin, hydrocodone and other prescription opioids each year. A new study published by Coverys, a medical liability insurer, has discovered that opioids are also responsible for a majority of medical malpractice lawsuits involving medication errors. Some of the lawsuits may be a result of negligent pain management. Coverys analyzed more than 10,000 medical malpractice claims that were filed between 2012 and 2016 to compile its report. According to the data, 24 percent of these claims involved prescription opioid medications. To put this into perspective, opioids are responsible for only 5 percent of prescriptions in the US. Plaintiffs who filed opioid lawsuits made several types of claims. Some claimed they or loved ones had overdosed, while others filed lawsuits after becoming addicted. Furthermore, 15 percent of the claims involve allegations that physicians inappropriately prescribed opioid…
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