Settling the Score

Maximizing the Public Health Impact of Opioid Litigation

Published in: Ohio State Law Journal, Volume 80, Number 4, pages 701–740 (2019)

Posted on RAND.org on May 12, 2020

by Rebecca Lee Haffajee, Michael R. Abrams

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Litigation holds significant public health potential in addressing the opioid crisis. Given the enormous costs of the crisis and the scarcity of state and federal resources devoted to the opioid crisis, it makes sense to explore a litigation-based approach to seek recompense from companies that have profited from opioid analgesic sales and helped to create a population dependent and addicted to opioids for treatment of chronic pain.

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