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Surgeon General - 2 Million Americans Have a Prescription Opioid Use Disorder

On August 25, 2016 the United States Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., just sent a letter to every physician in the United States begging them to recognize that America is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. He noted: "Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled" and the explosion in opioid prescriptions written by physicians has "increased markedly - almost enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. Yet, the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed. Now, nearly 2 million people in America have a prescription opioid use disorder...." According to the CDC, in 2012 doctors wrote 259,000,000 prescriptions for opioid pain medication.

The Surgeon General is asking the 2.3 million physicians in the U.S. to educate themselves "to treat pain safely and effectively" noting unfortunately that: "Many of us were even taught - incorrectly - that opioids are not addictive when prescribed for legitimate pain." In his letter to the medical profession, the Surgeon General has demanded that physicians read and follow the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. Secondly, the Surgeon General insists that doctors screen their patients for opioid use disorder and arrange treatment for addiction. Thirdly, the Surgeon General has advised the medical profession that: "We can shape how the rest of the country sees addiction by talking about and treating it as a chronic illness, not a moral failing."

If your physician has prescribed opioids to you, your family or friends, contrary to the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, resulting in addiction, you may call us for a free consultation to determine if there is a meritorious medical malpractice. Nevertheless, there is a responsibility owed by both the physician and the patient to be reasonable and careful with opioids. For more information regarding lawsuits against a physician who prescribes any drug, click the link below.

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Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the state. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ronald is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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