In legal news:

A recent West Virginia Supreme Court decision has workers’ compensation payers concerned about the possibility of additional lawsuits related to addiction. The decision comes as a result of eight civil actions filed by about thirty patients in the state who became addicted to opioid medications. The plaintiffs claimed that between 2010 and 2012, three physicians and four medical centers “negligently prescribed and dispensed” drugs that led them to abuse and addiction. Most were prescribed Lortab, Oxycontin and Xanax for injuries caused by automobile or workplace accidents. In the 27 page decision, the court chooses not to adopt the “wrongful conduct” rule, opening the door for the plaintiffs to pursue the negligent pharmacies and doctors that allowed the “pill mill” operation to knowingly continue.

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