Opioid Overdoses Overtake Car Accidents on List of Preventable Deaths

Pills - medicineThe National Safety Council’s recently released report on preventable injury and fatality statistics, reveals that accidental opioid overdoses have overtaken car accidents as a leading cause of deaths among Americans, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

“For the first time since the early 1960s, the life expectancy of Americans is consistently decreasing. Irrespective of all the advances in medicine that have occurred since the early 1960s, Americans are actually living shorter lives than they did only 10 years ago. The primary reason for this decline is the opioid epidemic, which was created in substantial part by the irresponsible marketing and distribution of these drugs by major drug companies,” notes Dallas attorney Jeffrey Simon of Simon Greenstone Panatier, P.C.

Simon Greenstone and co-counsel collectively represent more than 50 counties in Texas as well as other states in opioid litigation, seeking to recover economic damages caused by the reckless and negligent spread of highly addictive opioid drugs in communities across the U.S.

“The fact that the risk of death from accidental overdose of opioid drugs now exceeds the death risk from motor vehicle crashes, fire, drowning or even gun assault is another grim testament to the fact that corporate misconduct can, and has, destroyed many innocent lives. On behalf of our clients, we will hold those companies accountable for the harm they’ve done.”



Bradley Adds Veteran Healthcare Lawyers to Dallas Office

Healthcare lawyers Wendi Campbell Rogaliner and Scott Schardt have joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s newly opened Dallas office in the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group.

Both lawyers join Bradley from the Rogaliner Law Firm, a boutique health law firm Rogaliner founded 15 years ago.

“Wendi and Scott are top-notch attorneys who will strengthen our new Dallas office and expand the reach of our national healthcare practice,” said Jonathan M. Skeeters, Bradley’s Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner. “We know firsthand of their excellent work, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the firm, bringing us to over 50 attorneys who are licensed in Texas.”

In a release, the firm said Rogaliner and Schardt focus their practices on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters for healthcare providers, with a particular emphasis on hospital and health system operations.

“Wendi and Scott are highly respected in the health law bar and will be a tremendous resource for our clients,” added Travis Lloyd, chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. “Their addition deepens our bench, broadens our experience base, and bolsters our core strengths.”

Rogaliner has represented hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers for more than 20 years. She has experience in healthcare facility operations, and she is routinely called on to advise on transactions, contract negotiations, licensure and enrollment matters, clinical trial issues, and the intricacies of the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

Rogaliner earned her law degree with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Prior to owning and managing the Rogaliner Law Firm, she served as in-house counsel for a publicly held hospital system.

“After working in the healthcare industry for more than two decades, I can tell you that Bradley’s lawyers are among the most accomplished and well-respected in the industry. When I learned that they would be opening a Dallas office, I jumped at the opportunity to become part of their team. I’m proud and honored to join their ranks, and partnering with Dick Sayles and the lawyers that have joined him from the former Sayles Werbner team is the opportunity of a lifetime. I could not be more excited about expanding the scope of expertise Scott and I can offer to our clients from the Bradley platform, and we are both proud to be part of the founding lawyers of this Dallas office of Bradley,” said Rogaliner.

Schardt focuses his practice on regulatory matters applicable to hospitals and healthcare providers, including Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, Medicare provider enrollment and reimbursement, HIPAA and other compliance matters. He has represented healthcare providers in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions.

Schardt received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He currently serves as chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

“Reforms in healthcare and an ever-changing business environment have created unique obstacles for healthcare providers and suppliers,” said Schardt. “I look forward to serving as a strategic advisor to Bradley’s healthcare clients.”

“The addition of Wendi and Scott to our new Dallas office immediately adds to the services we can provide to our clients in Texas and beyond,” said Richard A. “Dick” Sayles, managing partner of Bradley’s Dallas office. “We’re excited to have these talented lawyers joining our team and expect this is a sign of more exciting news to come from Bradley’s Dallas office.”



Why Johnson & Johnson May Not Have to Pay Its $4.7 Billion Court Verdict

While a $4.7 billion jury verdict in a talc case against Johnson & Johnson in July was eye-popping — the sixth-largest ever in a product-defect case — J&J may pay far less, or nothing, reports Bloomberg. No verdict of that size has survived appeal.

“Indeed, of the 25 largest U.S. jury awards, 23 were reversed, drastically cut or against defendants with few or no assets who couldn’t pay, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The remaining two, including the one against J&J, are being appealed. Most such revisions are by judges overruling angry jurors or enforcing court-imposed limits on punitive damages,” writes Bloomberg’s Margaret Cronin Fisk.

But even if the award is cut or reversed, a large verdict can draw other cases.

Read the Bloomberg article.



FisherBroyles Adds Health & Pharmacy Law Partner Janna King in Houston

Janna King has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office and Health & Pharmacy Law practice group.

“We are thrilled to welcome Janna to FisherBroyles in our Houston office,” said FisherBroyles’ General Counsel and Managing Partner of Litigation Joel M. Ferdinand. “Our healthcare clients will benefit greatly from Janna’s deep experience, both with Big Law and in-house, representing healthcare companies and institutions with a full range of corporate matters and transactions.”

King said, “I look forward to this new adventure with FisherBroyles in Houston. Through its efficient and cost-effective Law Firm 2.0 model, FisherBroyles offers great value and a high level of service to clients with diverse and complex legal challenges in the healthcare arena.”

In a release, the firm said King represents health care industry clients, including hospitals and health systems, outpatient rehabilitation, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practice groups, individual physicians, and home health agencies. Previously serving as general counsel for several multi-state, multi-site health care companies, she has been involved in health care transactions including asset purchase, stock purchase, merger, joint venture and management services transactions. In addition, she has served as general counsel for several private equity portfolio companies and as corporate secretary for multiple boards. King’s experience also includes payor relations, credentialing, managed care contracting and billing/reimbursement matters, and development and implementation of compliance programs, plans and policies, and health care audit and risk management programs.

Most recently, King served as general counsel and chief compliance officer for Professional PT (Professional Physical Therapy) clinics headquartered in New York.

She received her J.D. from the University of Memphis and her Bachelor of Science from Mid-America University.



Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne Wins Take-Nothing Decisions in Texas, Louisiana

Trial lawyers with Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC scored big defense wins recently for two separate clients, securing a quick summary judgment for The Dow Chemical Company in Texas and prevailing in a jury trial for Union Carbide Corporation in New Orleans.

In the Texas case, MMR Constructors Inc. tried to claim an additional $17 million from Dow after it had already paid MMR for work on its plant in Freeport, Texas. That case ended with a summary judgment for the defense.

And in the New Orleans case, jurors heard three weeks of testimony related to the death of an oil field worker who died of mesothelioma. The jury found Union Carbide and Montello were not responsible.

Read details of the cases.



Judge Who Tossed Obamacare Has Had More Than His Share of Contentious, High-Profile Cases

Given U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s previous decisions halting Obama administration policies, few legal observers were surprised when the conservative judge issued a ruling that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Reporter Kevin Krause quotes Josh Blackman, a law professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston: “Without question, Judge O’Connor has had a fairly high-profile docket, in that he gets a lot of these hot-button issues.”

The Texas attorney general has filed such cases in the Fort Worth and Wichita divisions of the Northern District of Texas because Paxton knows “with a high degree of certainty” they will wind up in O’Connor’s court, Blackman said.

“He has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and transgender rights,” Krause writes.

Read the Morning News article.



Contract Review Tips for Long-Term Care Facilities

A long-term care facility can execute contracts with many different vendors including food product and service vendors, laundry and linen providers, IT companies, and others, points out a post from Poyner Spruill.

“Whether working for a single-site operator or a multi-facility system, a thorough review of all contracts and a careful consideration of the ‘what-ifs’ are crucial steps,” write the article’s authors, Christopher S. Dwight and Iain M. Stauffer.

They discuss eight key tips to help with the process, including defining the contract, contract intake, the review process, determining who has authority to sign the contract, the length of the term, termination provisions, dispute resolution and venue, and maintaining the executed copy of the agreement.

Read the article.




Oklahoma Jury Hits Health Insurer Aetna with $25.5 Million Verdict

The Oklahoman reports that jurors wanted to send a message to health insurer Aetna after hearing how the company’s overworked doctors denied an Oklahoma cancer patient’s claim for coverage for proton beam therapy.

Reporter Nolan Clay writes that jurors awarded $25.5 million to the patient’s estate and to her husband, a retired Oklahoma City firefighter, in the bad-faith case against the company.

The patient, Orrana Cunningham, died in 2015 from a viral outbreak after getting treatment for the tumor in her head and returning home. She was 54.

Read the Oklahoman article.



Hospital System Fires General Counsel Amid Alleged Compliance Violations

The Broward Health board fired its general counsel Lynn Barrett as the Florida taxpayer-supported health system continues to struggle after a series of state and federal investigations related to alleged overspending, kickbacks and open-government law violations, reports Modern Healthcare.

“Broward Health doctors alleged during Wednesday’s board meeting that Barrett helped cultivate a hostile culture at the South Florida health system, which led to a ‘mass exodus’ of doctors that crippled the organization,” explains reporter Alex Kacik.

Barrett’s dismissal comes amid a controversy over an independent review process led by law firm Baker Donelson concerning a $69.5 million healthcare fraud settlement agreement reached in 2015.

Read the Modern Healthcare article.




Lawsuit Claims El Paso Doctor, Lawyer Conspired to Violate State Law

An El Paso neurosurgeon is the subject of a lawsuit filed last week, accused of unlawfully conspiring with a local attorney to solicit legal representation for a dying truck wreck victim, according to a release from Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

The lawsuit, filed by El Paso resident Karla Triana, claims that while her mother was undergoing emergency surgery at Del Sol Medical Center, Dr. Bratislav Velimirovic handed her a lawyer’s business card and urged her to contact the attorney. Triana’s mother died as a result of her injuries.

Triana subsequently received a call and text message on her personal cell phone from an employee in the office of the attorney, Victor J. Bieganowski, indicating that he sought to represent her in a civil claim against the trucking company.

“It’s clear that the doctor and the attorney are breaking the law by working together to solicit legal representation of accident victims and their families,” says attorney Tom Carse of Dallas. Carse handles cases involving charges of unlawful representation, known as barratry, against other attorneys, according to the release.

“It’s logical to think this was not an isolated incident, and that there may be more instances of this conspiracy still to be uncovered.”

The release states that Bieganowski was convicted in 2000 on federal charges for his role in a massive medical and legal fraud, and received a 30-month prison sentence and a fine of $375,000. He was disbarred, but subsequently regained his law license. The fraud charges involved claims against union officials for funneling the cases of injured workers to Bieganowski’s legal practice and the medical practice of his brother, Dr. Arthur Bieganowski.

Dr. Velimirovic is a partner in Neurosurgical Specialists of El Paso. According to the clinic’s website he is a “board-certified neurosurgeon who utilizes advanced techniques to perform minimally invasive spine surgery, cranial surgery and interventional radiologic procedures.”



Feds Settle Huge Whistleblower Suit Over Medicare Advantage Fraud

MedCity News reports that one of the nation’s largest dialysis providers will pay $270 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegation that it helped Medicare Advantage insurance plans cheat the government for several years.

Fred Schulte explains:

The settlement by HealthCare Partners Holdings LLC, part of giant dialysis company DaVita Inc., is believed to be the largest to date involving allegations that some Medicare Advantage plans exaggerate how sick their patients are to inflate government payments. DaVita, which is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., did not admit fault.

Read the MedCity News article.



‘Evasive Discovery Tactics’ Cost Lead Plaintiff Against Sanofi

Bloomberg Law reports that a plaintiff in a bellwether products liability case involving the chemotherapy drug Taxotere was sanctioned for withholding information about her medical history.

Plaintiffs in the case claim Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC failed to warn patients that Taxotere could cause permanent hair loss.

Reporter Michael Greene explains: “Dr. Kelly Gahan, a bellwether plaintiff in the multidistrict litigation, used evasive discovery tactics to avoid revealing information about medical treatment she had received, Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, said.”

Gahan did not reveal all the physicians who provided treatments to her over an eight-year period and whether she used any over the-the-counter medications. Now she must pay Sanofi expenses and attorneys’ fees incurred in obtaining the records.

Read the Bloomberg Law article.



Health Care Fraud: How a Strike Force is Selected for a City

During the latest National Health Care Fraud Takedown, investigators targeted Houston and Dallas to identify and charge more than 40 people with a range of fraud allegations.

How is a region designated as a health care strike force area? Former federal prosecutor and Houston trial attorney Ashlee McFarlane of Gerger Khalil & Hennessy explains in a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

“Dallas is a health care strike force city, meaning the Department of Justice and federal agencies have identified Dallas (like Houston) as a hot bed for health care fraud, based on data analysis and reviewing payments of claims submitted to federal health care benefit programs like Medicare,” says McFarlane.

“Kickbacks are the foundation of almost every health care fraud case. “As a former prosecutor, I can tell you—kickbacks are the first thing agents and prosecutors look for in building an investigation.

“There’s no way to know the number of kickbacks being paid in a city. You have to start investigating a case. However, when there are providers who are outliers in the billing data, federal agents often look to see if kickback payments are used to induce referrals.”

Dallas and Houston are among 10 locations nationwide with Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations. According to the Department of Justice, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force consists of a partnership between the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and enforce anti-fraud laws.



Health Care Attorney Paul Leslie Joins Estes Thorne & Carr

Health care lawyer and former hospital general counsel Paul Leslie has rejoined Dallas-based Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC as a partner focused on health care regulatory compliance and litigation.

In a release, the firm said Leslie has more than 30 years of experience representing entities in health care-related regulatory, operational and transactional matters, and commercial and business litigation, as well as advising clients on efficient and effective management of in-house legal departments and functions.

He previously practiced at Estes Thorne & Carr and rejoins the firm from Parkland Health & Hospital System where he served as executive vice president and general counsel for eight years. He also has experience as an associate general counsel at another Fortune 500 health care company.

“We have known and worked with Paul for years and are excited to welcome him back as a colleague. His industry experience and understanding of the regulatory landscape are invaluable to our clients in the health care industry,” said managing partner Jessica Thorne.

The firm said Leslie has expertise in developing and implementing cost-effective strategies for health care operators. In addition to his experience with transactions and regulatory compliance, he has worked with board governance, enterprise risk management, contract negotiations and dispute resolution, commercial and whistleblower litigation, false claims investigations, real estate transactions and insurance contract coverage litigation.

“I have known and worked with the Estes Thorne & Carr attorneys for the better part of the last decade and always have been impressed by their legal prowess and their ability to develop strong relationships with their clients,” he said. “Once I had the opportunity to rejoin the firm, I knew this was the right place for me.”

A graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, Leslie earned the Magna Stella Award for Outstanding General Counsel from General Counsel Forum in the government/non-profit category in 2016. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest excellence in legal ability and ethical standards.



Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Receive Class Action Status in VA Overtime Suit

A federal judge has certified a class action lawsuit involving nurse practitioners and physician assistants accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to pay overtime since 2006, according to a post on the site of Androvett Legal Media and Marketing.

Judge Elaine D. Kaplan of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted certification in an action brought by class representatives Stephanie Mercier, Audricia Brooks, Deborah Plageman, Jennifer Allred and Michele Gavin on behalf of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants at 85 different facilities across the country.

Provost Umphrey attorneys Michael Hamilton of the firm’s Nashville office and Guy Fisher in the Beaumont, Texas, office are among the attorneys working on the lawsuit along with counsel David Cook and Clement Tsao of Cincinnati’s Cook & Logothetis, LLC, Douglas Richards of Lexington, Kentucky and Robert Stropp of Washington DC’s Mooney Green, P.C.

“These health care professionals dedicate their time for the well-being of our veterans, and by law, are entitled to overtime when they are required to work beyond their work schedules,” said Hamilton. “We believe this lawsuit to be critical for veteran patient safety and health. To expect these employees to work extended hours without overtime pay is wrong. With the class certification, we can now proceed onto the next step in this lawsuit.”

The lawsuit seeks compensation for employees who worked overtime processing electronic and computer patient records using VA facility computers, VA laptops and sometimes personal computers, work that is critical to the medical treatment of patients. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants say the work is considered mandatory. Those who failed to complete the assignments were subject to disciplinary measures for poor time management.

“I’m grateful that the judge agreed with us and certified the lawsuit as a class action,” said Cook. “It is wrong for any employer to expect people to work for free.”

Hamilton and Cook estimate that as many 10,000 VA employees could be represented in the class action lawsuit, according to the Androvett post.

The case is Stephanie Mercier, Audricia Brooks, Deborah Plageman, Jennifer Allred, Michele Gavin v. The United States of America, No. 1:12-cv-00920 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.



Jury Awards $25.75 Million in Talc-Mesothelioma Case Against Johnson & Johnson

A jury in California delivered a $25.75 million verdict against the maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder for the deadly asbestos-caused cancer a woman developed after years of using the product, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

The post continues:

The verdict by jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court before Judge Gloria White-Brown includes $21.75 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages. Jurors found that Johnson & Johnson was negligent and failed to warn consumers, and that its iconic Johnson’s Baby Powder contained manufacturing and design defects because of the presence of asbestos.

Joanne Anderson, 66, of Williams, Oregon, filed suit following her diagnosis with pleural mesothelioma. A cancer in the lining of the lungs, pleural mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. She used Johnson’s Baby Powder on her children when they were younger and, as an avid bowler, regularly used the product on her hands and shoes for years. All told, experts estimate she used the product more than 10,000 times.

“It was our great honor to represent Joanne and Gary Anderson in this battle against Johnson & Johnson,” said trial attorney David Greenstone of Simon Greenstone Panatier, who was one of the attorneys who tried the case. “We are extremely pleased that our clients have found a measure of justice, although nothing can truly compensate them for what they have lost. Our clients are hopeful that this verdict can further bring light to this unbelievable example of corporate misconduct. Johnson’s Baby Powder has contained asbestos for decades. People need to know about this.”

The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for two-thirds of the verdict amount. The remaining percentage of fault was spread among other exposures that Joanne had as a bystander to automotive work her husband occasionally performed. Medical testimony in the case indicated that all of her exposures to asbestos contributed to cause her mesothelioma.

“In 1969, a Johnson & Johnson’s company doctor told them that if they didn’t get control of the mineral contaminants in their baby powder that they would end up in litigation years later,” said trial attorney Chris Panatier, who also represented the family at trial. “Instead of pulling the powder from the market or going with a safer alternative such as corn starch, they engaged in a multi-decade campaign wherein they hid testing data from the FDA, altered reports to make them more favorable and lied to consumers. This jury saw Johnson & Johnson documents that were never given to the public or the FDA.”

Also assisting in the case was Simon Greenstone Panatier attorney Conor Nideffer.

The verdict is the third cosmetic talc case tied to asbestos that Simon Greenstone Panatier has won on behalf of its clients. In 2015, a California jury awarded mesothelioma sufferer Judith Winkel $13 million in her case against Colgate-Palmolive, based on her exposure to asbestos in its Cashmere Bouquet powder. The following year, a jury awarded $18 million to Philip Depoian in a mesothelioma case against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels.

Anderson’s case is Joanne Anderson and Gary Anderson v. Borg-Warner Corporation et al., No. BC 666513 in Los Angeles Superior Court.



Trump’s Medical Records: Any Privacy Law Violated?

President Trump’s former physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, recently revealed that the president’s bodyguard and two others came to his office in February 2017 and demanded Trump’s medical records. Was there any violation of laws protecting patient privacy? Is Trump’s crew in trouble here?

A post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing addressed the issue.

“If the doctor had good reason to believe that this group was authorized by Trump and that the president wanted the records, the doctor is permitted to provide them. He could have refused and demanded an authorization that would meet standards under HIPAA, the law that protects patients’ records. He also could have contacted Trump by phone for further confirmation,” says Jeff Drummond, a Dallas lawyer with Jackson Walker LLP who specializes in medical records privacy and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

A thornier lapse may have been committed by the doctor when he revealed to the New York Times that Trump was taking a drug that promotes hair growth.

“That would almost certainly be a violation of Trump’s medical privacy rights, and a violation of HIPAA,” Drummond said. “With that background, I think it would be fairly easy for Trump to sue the doctor to give up all copies of his records.

“HIPAA rules allow disclosures of medical records to the patient, the patient’s personal representative and those who are ‘involved in the care’ of the patient. It seems unlikely a law was violated by Trump’s emissaries taking his records with his permission.”



5th Circuit Nixes $151M J&J Verdict, Cites Plaintiff Lawyer’s Alleged ‘Deceptions’

DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson will get a new trial after the previous one in 2016 ended with the companies having to pay $151 million in damages to five plaintiffs with alleged hip replacement injuries, reports the SE Texas Record.

The Fifth Circuit found that plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Lanier’s “deceptions furnish independent grounds for a new trial” that centered on Pinnacle artificial hips and that the trial court allowed the Houston lawyer to introduce “inflammatory character evidence.”

David Yates reports that Lanier told the Record he thought the opinion was “interesting” and that the legal reasoning upholding the various actions against Depuy and J&J are strong and important and will help all future cases.

Lanier said he thought the court misunderstood the issues of monetary representations about the doctors. He added that he plans to seek a retrial.

Read the Record‘s article.



Dallas Lawyer Who Planted Niece in Government Job As a ‘Mole’ Gets 10-Year Max for Medical Fraud

Dallas lawyer Tshombe Anderson had his niece obtain an internship at the U.S. Labor Department so she could snoop through claims files, learn the system and act as a “mole,” prosecutors say.

The Dallas Morning News reports that on Thursday a U.S. district judge sentenced Anderson to the maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $26 million in restitution minus what the government has already collected from him.

“Anderson stole patient information from over 200 injured federal workers and then used the information to fraudulently bill OWCP [workers’ comp], enriching himself and others with taxpayer dollars intended for the treatment of injured federal workers,” said Steven Grell, Special Agent in-Charge for the Dallas Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

Read the Dallas News article.



Making Opioid Antidote Widely Available a Key Step in Treatment

Dallas attorney Jeffrey Simon says U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ call for more Americans to carry the opioid antidote naloxone is one that could save countless lives, and play a key role in addiction recovery.

“Naloxone should be widely available and at the ready for emergency medical personnel, people who are opioid addicts, or people who live with opioid addicts. I equate having naloxone at the ready to having a CPR kit at the ready — both can save lives as emergency care if administered in time,” says Simon of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.

“Unfortunately, it’s easy for anyone to overdose on opioids, so we are not just talking about saving the lives of addicts. But when we speak of opioid addicts, we need to remember that addiction is a disease. We want addicts to get into recovery, and if they die from an overdose, that can’t happen. Keeping them alive long enough for them to make headway with addiction treatment is crucial, and naloxone is often a key component to achieving that goal,” he says.

Simon Greenstone and co-counsel collectively represent more than 40 counties in Texas as well as other states in opioid litigation.