The Impact of Opioid Use Beyond the User
Q: How can drug use impact or injure innocent third parties?
In Tennessee and across America the opioid epidemic is spreading, not only endangering the lives of the addicts but also the community at large. Tennessee personal injury attorneys routinely see this spillover onto third party victims.
Automobile accidents are prime examples of the expanded reach of opioid-based overdoses. Obviously, when people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may cause serious personal injuries or death to other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and more. However, the list of innocent victims may also include police officers and first responders on the accident scene (or at a traffic stop ) who may be “inadvertently exposed” to Fentanyl and other drugs.
Tennessee family law attorneys also see the results of drug addiction and overdose on third parties a daily basis.
Drug addiction may lead to divorce, affect child custody and support orders, and often contribute to domestic violence incidents. Innocent victims– like children– may be inadvertently exposed to opioids and other drugs. Unlike the addicts who may have a higher tolerance, police officers, first responders, family, friends, children and co-workers who are accidentally exposed to these substances could overdose on even a minimal level of exposure. Such was the case for one police officer who nearly died from exposure to Fentanyl during a traffic stop.
Fortunately, and in an effort to address this problem, the University of Tennessee and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee have joined forces in providing law enforcement officers who are often the first responders in accident cases and family law disputes where drugs may be a factor with Narcan–a life-saving, antidote-like product that can counteract an opioid overdose.
Whether or not drugs were involved, if you have been injured in an accident or need advice about a family law matter, the attorneys at Chadwick & Tignor can help. Call us today at 615-379-7900 for a free consultation. We represent families throughout the middle Tennessee area from our offices and Spring Hill and Mt. Juliet.
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