“Even more significant than the incident in Detroit involving the doctors and pharmacists illegally selling nearly 2 million opioid pills mentioned in a recent EagleHerald editorial is the case of the pharmaceutical company called ‘Insys Therapeutics’ which bribed doctors to sell an extremely potent fentanyl drug called ‘Subsys’ off-label as reported by 60 Minutes. See ‘Money, dinners and strip clubs: How pharmaceutical executives bribed doctors to prescribe dangerous fentanyl drugs’, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-epidemic-pharmaceutical-executives-60-minutes-2020-06-21/. By monitoring patient records, the sales reps even pressured doctors to increase the dosage when they noticed certain patients were not getting the maximum.

“Because of the high level of greed and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, all intoxicating and addictive drugs should be provided to pharmacists and doctors through a nonprofit government agency that keeps the price of such drugs reasonably low while closely monitoring requests for excessive quantities by pharmacists and doctors. 60 Minutes also exposed how the pharmaceutical industry bought off top politicians to make laws making it easier for them to ship excessively large quantities of opioids to pharmacists and doctors without being detected by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who is charged with monitoring all large opioid transactions. See ‘The opioid epidemic: Who is to blame?’, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-opioid-epidemic-who-is-to-blame-60-minutes-2020-06-21/.

“The public also needs to learn to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and to use cannabis as a medicine when necessary. It’s interesting to note that Insys made a substantial monetary donation to block cannabis legalization in Arizona. See https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-08/fentanyl-maker-donates-big-to-campaign-opposing-pot-legalization.”