The opiate crisis in the United States has caused huge economic damage in addition to hundreds of thousands of victims, according to a report by the Society of Actuaries (STD).
Between 2015 and 2018, the total costs of the opiate crisis amounted to no less than 631 billion dollars (565 billion euros).
The international actuary organization investigated the damage caused by the non-medical use of opiates in the US. The enormous costs were one of the main findings of this report.
The report also makes predictions about the costs of the opiate crisis for this year. In addition, the average cute came to a damage amount of $ 188 billion.
Large pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Teva would try to settle more than $ 50 billion in more than two thousand lawsuits in recent years, including cities and local governments. In this way the pharmaceutical companies tried to prevent legal cases.
In 2017, President Trump declared the drug epidemic a national disaster.
On Monday there will be a major lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry in the US.