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Prosecutors: Stuart men exploited teen runaway for sex, pornography
 Last September, a report of a 16-year-old runaway led police to two Stuart men who had distributed explicit images and sex videos involving the teenager. On Friday, Richard William Lockley, 34, was sentenced by a to 15 years in prison by a Miami federal judge. He was ordered to register as a sex offender. A co-defendant — Joshua Lane...

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Last September, a report of a 16-year-old runaway led police to two Stuart men who had distributed explicit images and sex videos involving the teenager. On Friday, Richard William Lockley, 34, was sentenced by a to 15 years in prison by a Miami federal judge. He was ordered to register as a sex offender. A co-defendant — Joshua Lane...
Another weird Florida story: Stormy and Trump create vortex 
 In Florida, the land of hanging chads and where the Cash Me Outside girl is a local celebrity, a porn star and self-proclaimed former mistress of the president of the United States wouldn’t miss the opportunity for a drive-by burlesque show. That it was within spitting distance of the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago and the golf course...

Posted: 8 days ago

In Florida, the land of hanging chads and where the Cash Me Outside girl is a local celebrity, a porn star and self-proclaimed former mistress of the president of the United States wouldn’t miss the opportunity for a drive-by burlesque show. That it was within spitting distance of the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago and the golf course...
In the annals of weird Florida, Stormy and Trump create a vortex
 That it was within spitting distance of the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago and the golf course that bears Donald Trump’s name, made Stormy Daniels’ stop on her “Make America Horny Again” tour a perfect fit in the bizarre news that regularly emanates out of Palm Beach County. And so, as President Trump addressed the...

Posted: 9 days ago

That it was within spitting distance of the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago and the golf course that bears Donald Trump’s name, made Stormy Daniels’ stop on her “Make America Horny Again” tour a perfect fit in the bizarre news that regularly emanates out of Palm Beach County. And so, as President Trump addressed the...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
How Big Pharma uses psychology on doctors to do its bidding
 So why do physicians fall for pharmaceutical companies’ enticements? Why do they put all they worked for on the line, after all their schooling, the endless hours of residency, the difficulty of establishing themselves in their chosen specialty? It’s pretty simple, says a medical marketing expert: sales reps exploit doctors&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

So why do physicians fall for pharmaceutical companies’ enticements? Why do they put all they worked for on the line, after all their schooling, the endless hours of residency, the difficulty of establishing themselves in their chosen specialty? It’s pretty simple, says a medical marketing expert: sales reps exploit doctors&rsquo...
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...

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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...
How an ex-Boca school counselor used exotic dancer, models to push fentanyl
 Doling out free pens and all-expenses paid junkets isn’t anything new for the pharmaceutical industry to use for plying doctors to prescribe their products. Nor is using drop-dead gorgeous sales reps. But what about hiring a former exotic dancer and Playboy model to sell prescription fentanyl? Meet Insys Therapeutics, which prosecutors...

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Doling out free pens and all-expenses paid junkets isn’t anything new for the pharmaceutical industry to use for plying doctors to prescribe their products. Nor is using drop-dead gorgeous sales reps. But what about hiring a former exotic dancer and Playboy model to sell prescription fentanyl? Meet Insys Therapeutics, which prosecutors...
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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...
How The Post unearthed the local roots of the Insys story
 In tracing the roots of the opioid epidemic, Palm Beach Post investigative editor Holly Baltz researched local prescribers of oxycodone and found something curious. One Palm Beach County doctor ranked as a Top 10 prescriber nationally of an unusual fentanyl-based drug called Subsys. What was Subsys? That question prompted a ...

Posted: 19 days ago

In tracing the roots of the opioid epidemic, Palm Beach Post investigative editor Holly Baltz researched local prescribers of oxycodone and found something curious. One Palm Beach County doctor ranked as a Top 10 prescriber nationally of an unusual fentanyl-based drug called Subsys. What was Subsys? That question prompted a ...
Veteran, would-be lawyer, mom left dead or addicted after Subsys
 An Iraq War veteran. A New Jersey woman planning her wedding. A grandmother from Jacksonville. A firefighter’s wife in South Carolina. All were prescribed a powerful spray fentanyl painkiller called Subsys, approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for breakthrough cancer pain. None had cancer. But many of their doctors...

Posted: 19 days ago

An Iraq War veteran. A New Jersey woman planning her wedding. A grandmother from Jacksonville. A firefighter’s wife in South Carolina. All were prescribed a powerful spray fentanyl painkiller called Subsys, approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for breakthrough cancer pain. None had cancer. But many of their doctors...
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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...
From 2017: Yachts of Trump financial backer, Russian oligarch seen close together
 The coincidences are piling up. Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev last week disavowed any contact with President Donald Trump. But speculation again was stoked when his state-of-the-art yacht Anna sat anchored in the British Virgin Islands on Friday night and another equally resplendent luxury liner, the Sea Owl, sidled up, according to...

4:48 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

The coincidences are piling up. Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev last week disavowed any contact with President Donald Trump. But speculation again was stoked when his state-of-the-art yacht Anna sat anchored in the British Virgin Islands on Friday night and another equally resplendent luxury liner, the Sea Owl, sidled up, according to...
County turns to detox med to fight opiate crisis — and finds success
 Dustin Dailey said he got hooked on opioids after he took one OxyContin pill to relieve the pain of his sciatica. He ended up a homeless beggar. Desperate last spring, he walked into JFK Medical Center and into a new program that uses medication to wean addicts off heroin. He became patient No. 3 of the pilot program spearheaded by the Health...

1:05 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Dustin Dailey said he got hooked on opioids after he took one OxyContin pill to relieve the pain of his sciatica. He ended up a homeless beggar. Desperate last spring, he walked into JFK Medical Center and into a new program that uses medication to wean addicts off heroin. He became patient No. 3 of the pilot program spearheaded by the Health...
Suicides, addiction — even murder — vex state’s lawyers
 As a state prosecutor, Thomas Schnieders II always took the high road, pursuing justice, not just convictions, to the point where he even left the State Attorney’s Office just to take a stand on how domestic violence cases are handled, colleagues said. But few who worked with him knew he struggled mightily with mental illness until...

2:00 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

As a state prosecutor, Thomas Schnieders II always took the high road, pursuing justice, not just convictions, to the point where he even left the State Attorney’s Office just to take a stand on how domestic violence cases are handled, colleagues said. But few who worked with him knew he struggled mightily with mental illness until...
How mass shootings change lives, communities forever
 Nobody talks about the 130-year-old historic flagpole at Newtown, Conn. Erica Lafferty says Newtown can never be untangled from the brutal school slaying that took the life of her mother along with 20 of her young students and five other adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The killer’s profile now well known to all: another...

3:30 PM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Nobody talks about the 130-year-old historic flagpole at Newtown, Conn. Erica Lafferty says Newtown can never be untangled from the brutal school slaying that took the life of her mother along with 20 of her young students and five other adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The killer’s profile now well known to all: another...
‘Beauty out of chaos:’ Parkland grieves together after mass shooting
 They came with their tears. They came with their prayers. They came with their anger and their protest signs. Just like they came after Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after the carnage at Virginia Tech University, they came Tuesday to the makeshift memorial along the chain-link fence in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...

12:09 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

They came with their tears. They came with their prayers. They came with their anger and their protest signs. Just like they came after Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after the carnage at Virginia Tech University, they came Tuesday to the makeshift memorial along the chain-link fence in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Douglas students, Pulse survivors join forces, head to Tally
 A group of students boarded two buses in Parkland this afternoon and are headed for Tallahassee to try to get legislators to consider changes in Florida’s gun laws. The roughly 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, four survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and members of news organizations left about...

6:16 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

A group of students boarded two buses in Parkland this afternoon and are headed for Tallahassee to try to get legislators to consider changes in Florida’s gun laws. The roughly 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, four survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and members of news organizations left about...
West Boca High students walk off campus in protest, march 10 miles south to Parkland 
 Hundreds of West Boca High School students walked off of campus this morning and thousands of students at other high school campuses held rallies or remembrances in honor of the 14 students and three adults shot dead last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The West Boca High students walked off of campus this morning and headed...

5:23 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Hundreds of West Boca High School students walked off of campus this morning and thousands of students at other high school campuses held rallies or remembrances in honor of the 14 students and three adults shot dead last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The West Boca High students walked off of campus this morning and headed...
Police: Parkland shooting gunman has confessed
 He took an Uber to his former high school, arriving at 2:19 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. In a duffel bag, the teenager accused in Florida’s deadliest school shooting carried an AR-15 style rifle he had purchased legally a year earlier at Sunrise Tactical Supply, authorities said. As 17 former classmates and teachers lay dead...

4:37 AM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

He took an Uber to his former high school, arriving at 2:19 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. In a duffel bag, the teenager accused in Florida’s deadliest school shooting carried an AR-15 style rifle he had purchased legally a year earlier at Sunrise Tactical Supply, authorities said. As 17 former classmates and teachers lay dead...
Nikolas Cruz a ‘broken child’ who’s sorry about shooting, attorneys say
 Accused school killer Nikolas Cruz is a “remorseful” and “broken child” whose life came apart after the devastating loss of his mother in November, his attorneys say. Cruz, 19, remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail after being ordered held without bond Thursday on 17 counts of premeditated murder after...

11:16 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Accused school killer Nikolas Cruz is a “remorseful” and “broken child” whose life came apart after the devastating loss of his mother in November, his attorneys say. Cruz, 19, remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail after being ordered held without bond Thursday on 17 counts of premeditated murder after...
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