“Tribal nations have survived disease, removal from your homelands, termination along with other adversities, but still we prospered. However, I’m afraid the opioid epidemic is proving itself to be the following great challenge in our modern era,” stated Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
The suit seeks to carry distributors and retailers accountable for the opioid crisis. While opioid addiction is a concern all over the place, this suit concentrates on the 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma define the Cherokee Nation.
The suit claims that both pharmacies and opioid distributers possess a responsibility to report suspicious orders and illegitimate prescriptions. Just what constitutes suspicious activities? The suit states they are a few examples:
The suit cites Drug Enforcement Administration figures that demonstrate 2.75 billion milligrams of opioids were distributed in Oklahoma in 2015. It further claims some 845 million milligrams were distributed within the 14 counties from the Cherokee Nation. Averaged out, which comes to between 360 and 720 pills each year for each prescription opioid user within the Cherokee Nation.
Attorneys for that Cherokee nation have sued against McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Corporation., AmerisourceBergen, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Corporation., and Wal-Mart Stores, Corporation. The complaint alleges the businesses didn’t do anything to avoid the flow of unlawfully prescribed opioids to people from the Cherokee Nation, including children.
Will other jurisdictions follow? Experts believe they’ll as communities grapple using the financial and social burdens from the opioid epidemic. The drug epidemic continues to be especially severe in rural states like Maine, Indiana, and West Virginia, therefore the plaintiffs believe the courts may view them sympathetically.
Besides the addiction that may arise from repeated opioid use, people die every single day from opioid overdose. The suit cites data in the Cdc and Prevention (CDC) showing overdoses greater than bending inside the Cherokee Nation between 2003 and 2014. That’s greater than the amount of individuals who died in vehicle accidents.
- Whenever a distributor fills just one pharmacy’s orders which are all of a sudden a large number of pills over the average or are disproportionate to how big the area’s population
- Patterns of worker thievery
- Pharmacy customers seeking opioids for nonmedical purposes.
The opioid drug crisis within the U.S. is continuing to grow by a lot. States have experienced their medications costs soar as increasing numbers of consumers become totally hooked on the effective painkillers.
“These businesses should be attributed for his or her gross negligence, that has fueled the opioid epidemic. We deserve better,” stated Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree.
Baker states the tribe uses the legislation to make certain its communities aren’t left alone to pay for the cost for that opioid epidemic.