Buying drugs online is child's play

By Abrad · May 23, 2006 · ·
  1. Abrad
    an ABC Action News report 05/23/06

    TAMPA - Federal drug agents contend that the hottest trend in illegal drugs doesn't come in by the ton from South America, it comes by the pill from the drug store.

    "The abuse of pharmaceutical drugs is one of the biggest concerns we have. It's an extremely fast growing problem -- especially amongst younger folks," explained agent Mark Trouville.

    Federal law requires a prescription for narcotic drugs that is written only after a face-to-face examination by a licensed physician. However, with the explosion of Internet pharmacies, doctors say thousands of people are bypassing the physical exam every day:

    "It's absolutely blatantly illegal," said Dr. Joe Whitaker of Tampa. He has seen the abuse firsthand. "I've got patients who've gone on the Internet and bought all kinds of things and as a physician, I don't know what they're getting."

    It used to be that illegal drug deals were done on street corners and back alleys. Now, the DEA believes the newest spot for illegal drug sales is your living room, over the Internet.

    "A child with access to a computer and access to funds, whether it be a credit card or some cash, can easily order drugs over the internet illegally," stated Trouville.

    Action News wanted to see just how easy it was. With an undercover Tampa drug agent watching, we had a 12-year-old try to find and buy Vicodin, an addictive prescription drug, over the Internet with no prescription. It took about 12 seconds with a few keystrokes and a bunch of lies for the child to find illegal prescription drugs.

    "Some physician is going to sign that prescription," explained Dr. Whitaker. "He's wrong. He's breaking the law."

    Action News stopped our transaction before purchasing any drugs, but feds believe thousands of kids may be doing it every day.

    The DEA has gone after a few Internet pharmacies and in one case won a conviction in an operation that stretched from Florida to Philadelphia. Agents said that is only scratching the surface.

    "If you go on the Internet right now, there are millions of Web sites out there and impossible to police each one," concluded Trouville.

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  1. GDxCAT
    so they're catching on.
  2. bewilderment
    Heaven forbid people actually take medical treatment into their own hands. It's no wonder when things are vastly overpriced when one doesn't have insurance. Not to mention that some people in real pain can't get what they need because the doctor is afraid they'll abuse it. Maybe if the US had better medical policies then people wouldn't be turning to these services. I find it highly dubious that it is being abused by "children" on a large scale. They generally do not have credit cards and the parents will notice if they have an unexpected bill. Then the kid has to find a safe place to send the meds to and the medications most subject to abuse are still ridiculously expensive online. I certainly didn't have that kind of cash when I was younger. Besides, it's not like plenty of kids can't simply go rummaging through the medicine cabinet or their mother's purse and find plenty of "good" meds. That's what swim always did.
  3. Benga
    does this mean we're going to get less spam in our mailboxes ?

    heeeeeeeyeeexxxxx buyzzzzz XCIalixzzz VIagrazzza George Bush OxyXcodonezzzzz cheeeeapazzzzzz Geroge CLooney got one zzzzzz rabbit--Ambienzeeeeee make her CUmzzzz.z.Z.z the united states spokesman replied--Medz For UUUUU

    what a daily eyesore...
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