Patients Suing Doctors For Drug Addictions

Carol D'Auria
February 23, 2018 - 10:23 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- As the nation's opoid crisis grows there's been an increase in patients suing doctors and drug companies for their drug addictions.

Attorney David Pollack filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Michael Belfiore of Merrick, Long Island on behalf of woman whose husband had died of an opioid overdose.

"She had basically pleaded with the doctor to stop giving her husband narcotics. He died from a combination of oxycodone and xanax," Pollack told CBS2.

The doctor was found liable in a civil court. He now faces federal criminal charges.

Tatiana Green, 25, became addicted to opioids prescribed by her doctor and it took her years to kick the drug habit. She said doctors have to inform patients there are other options.

Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, told CBS2 doctors must tell their patients of the potential for an opioid addiction.

He said now in New Jersey doctors can only prescribe a five-day supply of an opioid for the first prescription.