Bush calls for stricter laws for illegal online Rx

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    By DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer

    CRAWFORD, Texas(AP) President Bush is asking Congress to work with his administration to end illegal sales of highly addictive prescription drugs on the Internet to stem a rising number of people dying of overdoses.

    Bush used his weekly radio address to highlight his administration's 2008 national drug control strategy, which the White House is releasing Saturday.

    The president said that while an estimated 860,000 fewer young people are using drugs today than in 2001, the abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem.

    "Unfortunately, many young Americans do not understand how dangerous abusing medication can be, and in recent years, the number of Americans who have died from prescription drug overdoses has increased," Bush said.

    One factor behind the trend is the availability of highly addictive prescription drugs on the Internet, he said.

    "The Internet has brought about tremendous benefits for those who cannot easily get to a pharmacy in person," Bush said. "However, it has also created an opportunity for unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists to profit from addiction."

    Bush, who is spending the weekend at his Texas ranch with the prime minister of Denmark, said that since 2001, the rate of youth drug abuse has dropped by 24 percent. He said young people's use of marijuana is down by 25 percent; their use of ecstasy has dropped by more than 50 percent; and their use of methamphetamine has declined by 64 percent.

    Bush also called on entertainers and professional athletes to serve as role models for young people.
    "People in the entertainment and sports industries serve as role models to millions of young Americans, and that comes with the responsibility to dispel the notion that drug abuse is glamorous and free of consequences," he said. "Teachers, pastors and parents also have an obligation to help young people develop the character and self-respect to resist drugs."

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  1. RunRedFox
    Got to keep the good ol' campaign contributing pharma'ceutical companies happy. Go to your friendly local drug dealer(doctor), dont get your shit from those damn foreigners...

    It's important to note that most of the domestic problems with abusing pharmaceuticals are not from online pharmacies, at least not in teens, which is the bread and butter of his argument...

    It may be one factor but a not very well known one, most people that use online pharmacies are people not dealing in narcotics... and just need some cheap meds because they are getting robbed blind by the pharmaceutical industry. I know many seniors go to Canada for half price Rx's but that has also been slandered by this administration for "purity and safety reasons..." because canada lets their ppl take shit drugs? I say bullshit.
  2. El Calico Loco
    I wonder where he got those numbers. I wonder if they're just made up.

    On the other hand, it wouldn't shock me if illicit drug use were declining. Everyone and their dog has access to Adderal and Ritalin and Xanax and Hillbilly Heroin, now. Why risk getting caught with something illegal when you know the good doctor has the pure shit?

  3. ThirdEyeFloond
    Here's a longer version of pretty much the same article from the Guardian. SWIM too wonders if those numbers are just made up.
  4. beentheredonethatagain
    I dont know about the numbers as a whole but the meth. number sounds like it would be plausable, since the home labs are few and very far between.

    Nik knows the number of tweekers (speed users) are far far less in his city and its surroundings. sure there is that small element who buy the mexican stuff, but that is far less potent, making less less desirable, to most.
  5. Hyperspaceblastoff
    there is no way weed is down 25%
    that is totaly bogus
    i no all about how stats are minupulated
    know1 even tells the truth on those anyways
  6. zera
    Does this mean that blaming Lindsay Lohan is now an acceptable defense to narcotics possession?
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