Holly Baltz

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Florida fertile ground for drug company to sling fentanyl
 Florida, the reputed epicenter of the opioid crisis, served as fertile ground for a pharmaceutical company accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful fentanyl spray. The Sunshine State topped the nation in 2014 and 2015 for patients and claims to Medicare for the medicine manufactured and marketed by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Florida, the reputed epicenter of the opioid crisis, served as fertile ground for a pharmaceutical company accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful fentanyl spray. The Sunshine State topped the nation in 2014 and 2015 for patients and claims to Medicare for the medicine manufactured and marketed by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics...
Local doctor in indictment of fentanyl execs: I committed no crime
 A Palm Beach County physician — one of the nation’s top prescribers of a highly addictive fentanyl spray — believes he is one of 10 unidentified doctors described in a federal criminal indictment against executives of a pharmaceutical company prosecutors say bribed doctors to prescribe the drug. The indictment lists...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

A Palm Beach County physician — one of the nation’s top prescribers of a highly addictive fentanyl spray — believes he is one of 10 unidentified doctors described in a federal criminal indictment against executives of a pharmaceutical company prosecutors say bribed doctors to prescribe the drug. The indictment lists...
Ex-Boca school counselor used exotic dancer, models to push fentanyl
 Alec Burlakoff once worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at a private Boca Raton prep school, but then he jumped into the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals. It would never be the same. As national sales chief for Insys Therapeutics, he helped direct the hiring of a former exotic dancer from West Palm Beach, models and even...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Alec Burlakoff once worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at a private Boca Raton prep school, but then he jumped into the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals. It would never be the same. As national sales chief for Insys Therapeutics, he helped direct the hiring of a former exotic dancer from West Palm Beach, models and even...
Master salesman Burlakoff mixes ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ with Big Pharma
 Alec Burlakoff told his sales staff at Insys Therapeutics that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was the “best sales training video in history.” Now, the maverick salesman from Boca Raton faces federal criminal charges that he played fast and loose marketing a fentanyl spray. The movie, about machismo capitalism run amok in...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Alec Burlakoff told his sales staff at Insys Therapeutics that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was the “best sales training video in history.” Now, the maverick salesman from Boca Raton faces federal criminal charges that he played fast and loose marketing a fentanyl spray. The movie, about machismo capitalism run amok in...
Preserving Mar-a-Lago: A look at historical features Trump can’t touch
 Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...

5:54 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...
Hurriance Irma: Palm Beach Post reporters’ best tips for riding out the storm
 Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes  before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...

6:08 PM Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...
Huge health-care fraud sweep: Only 1 addiction treatment case in Fla.
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...

2:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...
VIDEO: Detectives find home drenched in feces where PBC baby starved to death
 Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...

1:28 PM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...
Starvation death: Baby Tayla Aleman had 90-degree temp at hospital
 The first time 13-month-old Tayla Aleman saw a doctor since her birth was in the emergency room of Palms West Hospital when she arrived by ambulance with a body temperature of just 90.4 degrees. She couldn’t breathe on her own and had no heartbeat. Hospital workers tried to resuscitate her, but she was cold to the touch. After...

10:04 PM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

The first time 13-month-old Tayla Aleman saw a doctor since her birth was in the emergency room of Palms West Hospital when she arrived by ambulance with a body temperature of just 90.4 degrees. She couldn’t breathe on her own and had no heartbeat. Hospital workers tried to resuscitate her, but she was cold to the touch. After...
7 facts about federal death penalty: How PBC sheriff applied a noose
 Esteban Santiago, charged with shooting five people to death and wounding six others last week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, could face the federal death penalty. Heard of it? It differs from Florida’s death penalty, which is dead in its tracks until officials figure out a way for it to pass muster with the Constitution...

8:54 PM Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Esteban Santiago, charged with shooting five people to death and wounding six others last week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, could face the federal death penalty. Heard of it? It differs from Florida’s death penalty, which is dead in its tracks until officials figure out a way for it to pass muster with the Constitution...
Post’s sober home, heroin coverage kickstarts official action
 In 2016, officials took the first steps to clean up the fraud-ridden addiction treatment industry and curb the alarming rise of lives cut short by heroin-related overdoses. Every level of government — local, state and federal — acted after The Palm Beach Post’s 18 months of exclusive reporting on the addiction treatment...

1:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 01, 2017

In 2016, officials took the first steps to clean up the fraud-ridden addiction treatment industry and curb the alarming rise of lives cut short by heroin-related overdoses. Every level of government — local, state and federal — acted after The Palm Beach Post’s 18 months of exclusive reporting on the addiction treatment...