Newman's Ambulance service files lawsuit against Big Pharma
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Newman's ambulance service has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers, distributors and marketers of opiod drugs.
An attorney for Newman's says it's costing the company a lot of money to transport patients who have overdosed on the drug and it's valuable time lost that could possibly be used to save your life or a loved one's.
Sid Jackson represents Newman's Ambulance service here on the Gulf Coast.
The company now joins several Mobile hospitals that have filed suit against Big Pharma, the companies that make opiod drugs, claiming they knew the drugs were highly addictive.
According to the National Institute of Health, the number of people who have died from opioid overdoses have gone from less then 10,000 in 2002 when officials started keeping track of it to almost 50,000 in 2017.
Attorney Jackson says this shows how highly addictive and dangerous opioids are and, as an emergency health care provider, it hits Newman's right in the pocket.
Attorney Jackson says other ambulance services will join this class action lawsuit.