Ever wished there was something more you could do for your loved one caught in the angry drama of drug addiction? Anonymous tips to the DEA are a good place to start.
Since 2004, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been operating an international, toll-free hotline for reporting illegal sale, distribution, and abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Whether it is neighborhood drug sales or an online site that is distributing drugs illegally, you can help break the cycle of addiction by making tips to the DEA.
The Importance of a Hotline for Reporting Prescription Drug Activity
“With one simple call… people in the United States and Mexico have an anonymous, safe, and free way to bring information about suspected illegal pharmaceutical distribution to DEA,” explains Administrator Karen P. Tandy. “This information will greatly assist us in bringing drug dealers to justice and preventing the tragedies that come from prescription drug abuse.”
Whether it happens unknowingly as a result of a doctor’s prescribed narcotic, or from intentional use as a way to “self-medicate” without doctor’s orders, effects of addiction are the same and can lead to the same end no matter where or how it first started out.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health determined 6.3 million Americans in 2003 were obtaining and using addictive medications specifically for the purpose of getting high. Today, pharmaceutical medications comprise the bulk of addictions for youth and adults alike – more than marijuana, cocaine, or crystal meth combined.
“DEA is particularly interested in hearing from families whose loved one has overdosed or died as a result of obtaining pharmaceuticals over the Internet. Tips including the Web addresses will help us put these pill pushers out of business,” Tandy says.
The Risks of Continued Prescription Drug Addiction
The health effects of prescription drug addiction are severe and extensive. Depending upon the drug of addiction, you may experience respiratory problems, liver and kidney damage, seizures, hallucinations, insomnia, acting without awareness, heart problems and more. Drug overdose is always a risk, no matter how long you have been taking your drug of choice, and dangerous or negligent actions under the influence that hurt you or those around you are always an issue as well when you use drugs that alter your perception and slow your response time.
How to Help Get Prescription Drug Abuse under Control by Sharing What You Know
To make an anonymous report, you can visit the DEA’s website www.dea.gov or call 1-877-RxAbuse. It’s a free call from anywhere in Mexico or the United States and it helps those in the know get the necessary information to those who can effectively do something about it.
Would You Use a Drug Addiction Hotline?
Would you feel safe using an anonymous hotline like this one to tip off law enforcement to the illegal activities you’ve discovered your loved one is involved with? Do you think it would help your situation?