The damage caused by the opioid epidemic continues. On October 2, 2017, singer-songwriter and American icon Tom Petty tragically passed away in Santa Monica, California at the age of 66. There was a shroud of mystery surrounding his sudden passing as it had barely been a week since his last tour concluded. The cause of death? According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, it was an accidental overdose on a cocktail of medications predominantly comprised of opioids, including oxycodone and fentanyl.
Petty is not the first rock star to succumb to opioids. In April 2016, Prince also died as a result of an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a synthetic opiate estimated to be more than 50 times as powerful as heroin. These two legendary American icons join the over 200,000 overdose deaths attributable to opioids since 1999, the hundreds of thousands of hospital admissions due to overdoses on opioids and the estimated millions who are addicted to or dependent on prescription opioids.
The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. is fighting those who helped create the opioid epidemic and has already been retained to help prosecute claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors for the damage they’ve caused.
If you have a loved one who has passed away due to an opioid overdose or who is suffering from opioid addiction, we’re here to help. We want nothing more than to get you the justice you deserve for the losses suffered by you and your family as a result of this man-made epidemic.
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