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Hydrocodone pills and bottles. Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller.

The ravages of the nation’s opioid crisis are regular topics in the news today. The costs in damaged lives, healthcare expenses, lost productivity, and criminal activity are ever-growing. Now a new avenue for recouping those costs is opening: the plaintiffs’ bar is actively recruiting state and local governments to sue opioid manufacturers to recover the costs of combating the use of opioids. States, cities, and counties are signing up in record numbers, seeking reimbursement for the costs of battling opioid addiction.

The first lawsuit was filed in 2015 by Mississippi’s Attorney General. Now these lawsuits are filed almost weekly. And that certainly will continue, considering the enormous problem of opioid dependency. In 2016, almost 63 million Americans received a prescription for an opioid drug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. We all are familiar with famous names such as Prince, Heath Ledger, and Tom Petty. They represent thousands of other citizens who have had the same sad fate. In addition to death, drug abuse can result in criminal activity and broken lives as addicts who cannot get the painkillers through legal prescriptions turn to illegal drugs such as heroin and the synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil. Synthetic opioids are a frightening development. Fentanyl is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil is 100 times stronger than an equal dose of fentanyl. Misusing these powerful drugs even once can result in death.

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Managing this tidal wave has devastated city, county, and state budgets because of the high costs of police, courts, incarceration, medical care, and addiction treatment. As one example, every day over 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids—not to mention the hidden costs of child welfare needs for families torn apart by opioid abuse, babies born to addicted mothers, and even seemingly minor costs such as using city employees to clean up used syringes left in parks. In November 2017, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors calculated the cost of the opioid crisis at $504 billion in 2015 alone. Despite this, when President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in October 2017, neither he nor Congress allocated any extra money to state or local authorities to combat the issue.

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The best trial counsel is well prepared and open for improvement. At Rasmussen Dickey Moore we pride ourselves on continuously looking for innovative ways to improve our trial expertise.

Recently a member of our team went to the Defense Research Institute‘s Trial Tactics Seminar in Las Vegas, attending sessions ranging from jury selection to selecting expert witnesses. This event allowed our firm to be on the cutting-edge of trial preparation and defense for trial. From this event we learned new strategies to best support and defend our clients.

We know how important it is to be prepared for trial. RDM is known for its unparalleled attention to detail on every one of our cases. We bring focus and dedication to your case. We’re always seeking new methods and knowledge to add to our arsenal of skills and experience.

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When you’re facing a trial, you need to have a plan. Kurt Rasmussen and the team at RDM can make sure you’re prepared to enter the courtroom.

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Rasmussen Dickey Moore’s trial victory for Lincoln Electric and Hobart Brothers in Laningham v. Hobart Brothers and Lincoln Electric was named as a “2017 Top 5 Defense Verdict” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Partners Kurt Rasmussen and Dyanna Ballou and associate Justin Ijei represented Hobart Brothers and Lincoln Electric in a jury trial in Jackson County, Missouri in May 2017.

On January 26th, the team was honored at the Missouri Lawyers Weekly luncheon at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Attorney Nate Lindsey, Mayor Lyda Krewson, and other signing the Dutchtown Community Improvement District into law.

Attorney Nate Lindsey, in conjunction with the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association and many community volunteers, recently helped establish the largest Community Improvement District in Missouri.

Located in south St. Louis City, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District is a political subdivision with the power to impose special assessments and taxes for purposes of public improvements and development in the Dutchtown neighborhood.

Above, Nate is pictured in the center of the photo behind St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on signing day.

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When they’re not handling your case, RDM attorneys serve their communities in a variety of ways. Get to know our attorneys outside of the courtroom.

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Big Slick 2017

RDM is once again proud to join with Kansas City’s leading charitable community to sponsor the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2017. This year, the firm committed itself to being a platinum sponsor.

The members of RDM are dedicated supporters of the mission of Children’s Mercy: to help improve the physical and emotion well being of children with cancer and their families. Read more about Big Slick Celebrity Weekend.

Top photo courtesy of Big Slick KC.