The opioid crisis goes to court in Little Rock | Arkansas Blog

Monday, October 30, 2017

The opioid crisis goes to court in Little Rock

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM

click to enlarge MUST READ: New Yorker on the wealth created by painkillers.
  • MUST READ: New Yorker on the wealth created by painkillers.
The opioid crisis — overprescription of painkillers with resulting addiction and death — may or may not prompt serious government action, but it will keep the courts busy.

Little Rock trial lawyer Tab Turner last week filed a lawsuit in Pulaski Circuit Court on behalf of one plaintiff and said he has 20 similar lawsuits in the works for Arkansas, plus more in Florida. The first is a deceptive trade practice lawsuit. You may recall that the Arkansas legislature, in the interest of protecting businesses from lawsuits, has made it impossible for private lawyers to file deceptive trade practice suits as class actions.

The first case concerns a woman who sought treatment for pain associated with physical labor at work. The pain management specialist switched her from hydrocodone to Subsys, approved only for late-stage cancer patients. She became addicted and lost her job and suffered other personal setbacks. She's successfully completed drug rehabilitation, Turner said, but remains disabled.

Turner outlines a case being made elsewhere — drug company marketing practices have contributed to the crisis, with big bonuses to salespeople and payments to doctors and fraudulent reimbursement schemes for an expensive drug. The practices have led to federal criminal investigations and indictments.

Much more will be said in the development of this and other cases. I'd also recommend for those interested to read an article in the current New Yorker about another drug company, Purdue Pharma, that has become fabulously wealthy from painkiller sales. The owners, members of the Sackler family, have become known as philanthropists, but have managed to avoid association with the costs of those contributions. It's a must-read.

Here's Turner's lawsuit filed last week in Little Rock.

Tags: , , , , ,



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Obamacare's ruin: Where are the boastful press releases from Arkansas Republicans?

    Silence so far from Republican politicians such as Leslie Rutledge on achievement of their long-stated dream, death to the Affordable Care Act. Could that be because most people now understand what a good thing President Obama did with its passage? Update: Rutledge applauds and offers empty promise of coverage.
    • Dec 15, 2018
  • Entergy demolishes old power plant near Stamps

    Entergy, the state's largest electric utility, yesterday used explosives to destroy the major parts of its closed Couch Plant near Stamps, which dated to 1943 and was designed to burn fuel oil or gas at two generating units. Named for power company founder Harvey Couch, it's been out of commission since 2013.
    • Dec 15, 2018
  • City Board to consider enriched retirement for retiring Mayor Mark Stodola

    The Little Rock City Board agenda for its last meeting of the year Tuesday includes, as expected, a vote on an ordinance that will significantly sweeten retiring Mayor Mark Stodola's retirement and apply to future mayors as well. The agenda, however, carries no mention of resolution of his claim for an estimated $173,000 in pay for unused vacation and leave time.
    • Dec 15, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…


  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation