Insurance & Health

Opioid Litigation

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The Opioid crisis has had devastating consequences throughout American society. Pharmaceutical companies continue to use dangerous and irresponsible methods in producing and distributing their medications, often conflicting with the best interests of patients and the larger patient communities. One area often overlooked in this crisis is the impact on the nation’s school districts. In particular, consequences involving opioid exposure in utero and children, and the resulting rise in special education needs and costs impacting schools.

Representing public school districts in opioid litigation, Mehri & Skalet led the negotiations in establishing the Public School District Special Education Trust. The trust is financed with $30.5 million from bankruptcies filed by Purdue and Mallinckrodt, two pharmaceutical companies largely responsible for the opioid epidemic. The epidemic is taking its toll on many children, who now have learning disabilities stemming from exposure to opioids in utero, as well as psychological trauma from losing family to opioid addiction. Grant funding from the Trust will enable public schools to afford special education and other necessary services, which would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. In a separate case, M&S partner Cyrus Mehri was appointed to participate in a 10-member plaintiffs’ steering committee on behalf of school districts harmed by McKinsey’s actions in marketing opioids.

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