Insys Therapeutics Inc., the maker of Fentanyl, has decided to weigh-in on Arizona’s legalization efforts by making a massive donation for the opposition campaign. To date, their $500,000 donation represents the largest amount going against the legalization initiative. Previously, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry had donated $110,000.
The company was most recently in the news as two former employees are facing federal charges related to an alleged kick-back scheme involving doctors prescribing the drug.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid significantly more potent than heroin that can cause overdoses, especially when it’s used to cut the supply of illegally sourced drugs. The musician Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in April.
It’s also noted in the U.S. News & World Report article their:
“desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes.”