Doctors Raked in Cash to Push Fentanyl as N.J. Death Rate Exploded
"The most powerful opioid ever mass-marketed was designed to ease cancer patients into death.
It's ideal for that: the drug is fast acting, powerful enough to tame
pain that other opioids can't and comes in a variety of easy delivery
methods -- from patches to lollipops.
But a dose the size of a grain of sand can kill you.
Meet fentanyl. It's heroin on steroids. It's killing people in droves. And, in New Jersey, you can get it after having your tonsils removed.
In fact, doctors who treat children's colds and adult's sore knees
are prescribing it with alarming frequency, far more than oncologists
easing end-of-life cancer pain.
The surge is stoked by companies that shell out hundreds of thousands
of dollars a year to doctors, wining and dining them in hopes of
convincing them that their particular brand of fentanyl is the solution
to all their patients' pain problems."