Opioid-fentanyl maker used every trick in the book’ to illegally push drug, N.J. suit alleges

The state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of an opioid-fentanyl drug, calling the company’s conduct “nothing short of evil.” The four-count lawsuit filed in Middlesex County Superior Court charges that Insys Therapeutics Inc. engaged in a greed-driven campaign of consumer  fraud and submission of false claims to health insurers to increase the market share for its drug Subsys. Subsys was given narrow FDA approval to treat cancer pain in opioid-toleratn people, but instead
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Three arrested allegedly bringing $1 million worth of heroin into Atlantic City

Three men allegedly trafficking large amounts of heroin into Atlantic City were arrested last week with about 3½ kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin. The approximately $300,000 worth of drugs could have sold on the street for more than $1 million, once packaged, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said. An investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force and its partner agencies found the organization was transporting heroin from Mexico to the New York City area, and into Atlantic
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Drugs deaths hit record in 2016, NY Times study finds

Drugs are more deadly than ever before, the New York Times reported. More than 59,000 people are believed to have died by drugs in 2016, when 52,404 people died, according to the report. But the number could be as high as 65,000. The deaths are more than those who died from HIV at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. Because it takes time for drug deaths to be officially determined, the Centers for
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