Drug-Maker Suits, School Consolidation, Seafood Club – Friday’s Roundup

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Drug-Maker Suits
“Nothing short of evil,” was how New Jersey’s attorney general on Thursday described the conduct of a drug manufacturer that makes a powerful fentanyl painkiller spray. Finally, drug companies are being scrutinized as the opioid epidemic spreads and overdose deaths from supposedly tightly-controlled opioids such as fentanyl are rising. There are now 41 state attorney generals investigating opioid companies. New Jersey’s suit against Insys Therapeutics, which makes the fentanyl spray, alleges the company created false records to get insurers to cover the drug for patients who didn’t need it. Read more via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

School Consolidation
The Press of Atlantic City’s Claire Lowe tackles the thorny topic of school consolidation by taking a look at Cape May County’s schools, where enrollment has been declining for years (see our map of New Jersey’s shrinking schools).

It’s still cranberry season. Shot via @moonlilyimages on Instagram.

There is no plan on the table to consolidate school districts, but the piece looks at the pros and cons of consolidating, as well as the creation of more regional districts. “It’s difficult. The negotiations or the proposals to consolidate almost always leave some group of people feeling like they’re sacrificing something for a benefit they’re not sure they’re going to see,” John Weingart, associate director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics, tells the Press. Read more here.

Seafood Club
You know how you’re always talking about eating more healthily, buying locally-sourced food, trying more fresh fish, and giving to good charities? Here’s a chance to do all those things in one go. Read our story on the Sublime Seafood Club.

In the rest of the day’s news, Amazon could be interested in buying Millville’s tiny airport (according to a source), NJSpotlight has an interactive map that shows state and local tax write-offs in each New Jersey town (these deductions would end under President Trump’s tax plan), and Rowan University is considering trimming its number of adjuncts and adding more full-time staff. All that and more below:

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