Instant Insights / Lawyers Find Their Roles in America’s Opioid Crisis

Civil and criminal cases are multiplying as more fingers point to Big Pharma as the engine in the addiction epidemic. In this Instant Insights, we look at the resulting litigation.


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Faces of the opioid crisis: From left to right: Paige Niver, Niver's daughter Brittany Niver, Lisa Christino, and Sarah Howroyd. Faces of the opioid crisis, from left to right: Paige Niver, Niver’s daughter Brittany Niver, Lisa Christino, and Sarah Howroyd. Photo by Michael Marciano/ALM

Sarah Howroyd only stopped using OxyContin when she realized it was more expensive than heroin. So she switched narcotics, graduating from the prescription painkiller she once took to control pain after a car accident to an illegal street drug that would later cost her fiancé his life.

Like millions of Americans battling opioid addiction, Howroyd says she never imagined a medication she got from her doctor would cause her life to unravel, sending her spiraling into addiction.

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Robert Storace

Robert Storace covers legal trends, lawsuits and analysis for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSCTLaw or reach him at 203-437-5950.

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