By: Shannon Persad
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Federal Opioid Probe Launched on Two New-Jersey Based Companies
The government has launched a criminal investigation for six drug manufacturers or distributors, two of them include New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson and Amneal Pharmaceuticals.
Since the beginning of the year, we have lawsuits against various companies, including Johnson & Johnson, who was ordered to pay $465 million by the state of Oklahoma.
These lawsuits against New Jersey-based companies are particularly important, as Johnson & Johnson is essential to NJ’s economy.
According to USA Today, “Johnson & Johnson has about 14,500 employees in New Jersey, making it the sixth-largest employer here, according to state figures. The company and its subsidiaries lead the pharmaceutical industry in the Garden State.”
Why the Criminal Investigation?
For the last two decades, opioids have claimed hundreds of thousands of people.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states over 399,000 have died from an opioid overdose between 1999 to 2017.
The CDC categorizes the opioid overdose deaths in “waves”, beginning with opioid prescriptions. After, more deadly alternatives took place as prescriptions went down, such as heroin. Now, we are in the phase of synthetic drugs such as the powerful fentanyl, which substantially increased the overdose deaths related the opioids. All of these three drugs combined have lead to where we are today. As a result, states have gone after pharmaceutical manufacturers and distrubitors, blaming them for fueling the opioid crisis.
According to CBS News, the probe was launched because these “companies violated the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report and stop shipments of suspicious drug orders.” This may have caused opioids to get into the wrong hands, or possible overprescribing.
Under this investigation, the government may reveal further details on how these companies and the two NJ-based entities violated the law as they are accused of contributing to the opioid crisis.
If you or someone you know is battling an opioid addiction, seek professional help now.