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County joins lawsuit against drug firms

Original post made on May 26, 2014

Santa Clara County joined a lawsuit filed by Orange County charging major drug firms with deceiving consumers about the dangers of using opioid narcotic painkillers for non-cancer-related pain.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 26, 2014, 7:30 AM

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

Wonder why only two counties are launching this suit? Isn't this a state-wide problem?

The LA Times has made the complaint available:

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Wonder how much the two counties will be seeking in booty, if they win? Also wonder if any of those who died of overdoes will see any part of any settlement that results from this suit?

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Posted by What about Tylenol?
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I have twice developed gastritis from the use of opioids and NSAIDS, and so was told by my rheumatologist and gastroenterologist to use Tylenol instead, because it was the safest of all pain relievers to use.

Well, I actually took less Tylenol than directed, because I believe it is best to get by with as little pain medication as possible. Nevertheless, three doses a day sent my liver enzymes so out of whack, and caused so much liver pain, that I had to be hospitalized for two days.

Tylenol needs more warnings: while in hospital, my hepatologist informed me that Tylenol causes more cases of cirrhosis per year than alcoholism!

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Posted by Janice
a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

"my hepatologist informed me that Tylenol causes more cases of cirrhosis per year than alcoholism!"

Don't drink alcohol and try using Aleve.

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on May 27, 2014 at 6:51 am

There is a lot of vague and deceptive wording in this report.

"Opioid painkillers are certainly connected to the recent rise in heroin addiction that we are seeing across the country," Hansen said. Being "connected" is not causal or definitive.

The number of deaths annually in the U.S. that are traced to opioid drug abuse exceed those resulting from car accidents, suicides and heroin and cocaine overdoses combined, according to Chou. Being "traced" is not causal or definitive.

There are about 2.4 million people abusing opioids nationwide and new users of them increased by 104 percent between 2000 and 2010, he said. Lumping the "2.4 million abusers" with "new users" in the same sentence is deceptive. The vast majority of users don't become abusers.

I'll do some fact checking on the numbers quoted when I get a chance. They don't pass the sniff test. I don't know enough about the merits of this case, but I'm sure it's all about shaking down some deep pockets.

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