Insys Therapeutics, the company who makes insane profits from a drug behind one of the worst overdose epidemics in the nation's history, fentanyl, has donated $500,000 to a campaign opposing marijuana legalization in the US state of Arizona.
In a glaring display of hypocrisy, the maker of the drug Subsys, a sublingual fentanyl spray, claims that marijuana is dangerous because it could hurt children.
Why, exactly, is the maker of a highly addictive and deadly drug attempting to thwart the legalization of an amazingly beneficial plant? They want that market for themselves.
"They want to be able to push their far more addictive, far more harmful and far more dangerous opioid drugs," JP Holyoak, chair of the committee pushing Prop 205, a bill that would legalize marijuana in Arizona, told the Arizona Capitol Times.
According to a study that looked at 17 states with medical cannabis laws in place, researchers "found that the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as a clinical alternative fell significantly, once a medical marijuana law was implemented."
Prescriptions fell dramatically for opioid painkillers, with 1,826 fewer doses being prescribed per year by the typical physician in a medical cannabis state. Amazingly, the trend also applied to prescriptions for depression, seizure, nausea and anxiety.