Recently, The Washington Post reported on the driving under the influence (DUI) arrest of professional golfer Tiger Woods. According to the report, Tiger Woods claims alcohol was not a factor in his DUI arrest and instead he blames prescription painkillers for the incident.
Following a fourth back surgery in April, Tiger Woods began taking a combination of four prescription drugs. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, over a third of people are prescribed opioids after surgery. Woods was no exception. Of the four drugs that he was prescribed after his back surgery, one was Vicodin, which is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, a powerful and addictive opiate. Woods reportedly stated that his DUI was the result of him having an unexpected reaction to the prescription drugs.
Are Drug Companies Hiding the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers?
Drug manufacturers are often aware of the harm their products can cause to people and yet they fail to warn the public about the dangers, because doing so would hurt their bottom line. Pharmaceutical companies have even gone as far as hiding proof that their drugs are extremely addictive or dangerous in some way.
The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at our New Jersey law firm have years of experience helping victims hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable for causing them harm, including recovering multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for clients.