Lawsuits and the Opioid Epidemic in Illinois

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As the building boom continues in Chicago, so does the growth of workplace injuries among the construction industry. With many of these injuries, construction workers are prescribed opioid painkillers, which can quickly turn deadly.

At Banyan Heartland, we offer opioid addiction treatment in Illinois for those affected by the epidemic. While treatment is important, it’s also critical to address the cause of the worsening opioid epidemic in Illinois. Construction unions are now suing opioid manufactures and those they believe are responsible for this epidemic.

Why the Opioid Epidemic in Illinois is Worsening

Those in the construction industry are at a heightened risk of developing an opioid addiction.[1] This is due to a variety of factors, one of the biggest being workplace injuries. Job site injuries can result in painkiller prescriptions, which carries an increased risk of opioid addiction. The lawsuit filed against opioid manufacturers, prescribers, and distributors goes as far as accusing drug companies of fraud. According to the lawsuit, drug companies falsified research and mislead people into thinking these dangerous drugs were not addictive.[2] The goal in the suit is to require drug companies to release information about their drugs for greater transparency and ultimately, a reduction in the number of opioid addiction cases.

Treating Opioid Addiction

At Banyan Heartland, we’re doing our part to combat the opioid epidemic in Illinois and nationwide. We offer addiction treatment and medically monitored Illinois detox to help patients safely recover from an active addiction. We offer industry-specific drug and alcohol treatment in our serene treatment setting, providing patients with unparalleled support in recovery.

The opioid epidemic may be worsening, but help is out there. Call 888-280-4763 to begin the journey of recovery.

Sources:

  1. CDC - Occupational Patterns in Unintentional and Undetermined Drug-Involved and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2007–2012
  2. ABC 7 - Illinois construction unions sue opioid manufacturers, distributors, prescribers
 
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.