Narcotics Law

Unfortunately, just because a drug may be legal or it may be an illegal drug does not indicate whether that drug is safe. That's why we have narcotics law. Dangerous drugs have been manufactured and approved by the FDA, and there is substantial evidence that some drugs that are illegal at the state or federal level are safe. If a drug has been approved by the FDA and turns out to cause unexpected harm, there may be a large class action lawsuit to help those affected. In some extreme circumstances, the manufacturer may even face criminal charges.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jul 14, 2021

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  • The Food and Drug Administration approves drugs that may have unexpected or undisclosed side effects.
  • If you have been harmed by a drug, it may be possible to seek recompense as an individual.
  • In many cases, drugs that cause harm are subject to class action lawsuits.
  • Rarely, the behavior of a legal drug manufacturer is so extreme that criminal charges may be appropriate.

There are many dangerous drugs on the market which can cause serious side effects, long-term damage, and death. Despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) best efforts, dangerous drug lawsuits are filed against drug makers every day.

Many pharmaceutical companies simply put profits over consumer safety by failing to take comprehensive measures to ensure that their product is safe or to disclose known defects or side effects. While drug manufacturers may later issue a defective drug warning or institute a defective drug recall, neither action helps those who have already been injured.

The remedy for harm from a dangerous drug could be criminal prosecution, a personal lawsuit, or a large class action lawsuit.

Consult with an attorney right away if you believe you’ve been injured as a result of using a pharmaceutical product. You can begin your search for an experienced drug litigation attorney with our FREE search tool now.

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Types of Drugs

When most people think of dangerous drugs they may first think of illegal drugs like heroin. It’s undeniable that many illegal drugs are incredibly dangerous, but legal action where those are concerned tends to be in the realm of criminal law.

On the other hand, there are plenty of legal drugs that cause great harm either from defects or side effects. While concealing some of these actions may be crimes, it is more probable that these problems will result in civil rather than criminal legal action.

When a company releases a drug that turns out to be defective, the result is almost always that company being forced to pay the medical expenses and pain and suffering for those affected rather than the board of directors going to prison. On the other hand, a company that manufactures methamphetamines will face criminal charges even if the drugs don’t cause specific harm to users (aside from the harm caused by using methamphetamines, that is).

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Getting Help

If you’ve been impacted by a drug, you may have several options depending on the nature of the harm. In some cases, the problem with the drug is well known. You’ve probably seen ads for some medical devices or drugs that have been subject to recall inviting you to call an 800 number. These are typically attempting to recruit you to join a class action lawsuit.

If there is no class action, an attorney may want to start one if your problem with a drug is one that is widespread.

If the issue isn’t one that’s widespread, like a defect in one particular package or pill, your solution may be to find a product defect attorney to pursue help for you on an individual level.

Finally, if the issue is one of malicious conduct on the part of the company or an employee at the company, you may want to reach out to the police and your local prosecutor’s office.

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