It is still too easy to get prescription drugs through the mail

July 10, 2008

A recent study at Columbia University found that hundreds of websites around the world are still shipping highly addictive prescription medications overseas, despite threats from Interpol and other worldwide policing organizations to combat the problem.

In its cleverly titled report, “You’ve got drugs” Columbia researchers described a process in which anyone, including minors, could easily have medications such as Vicodin or OxyContin shipped to their front door even if they didn’t have a prescription.

The process is difficult to police, according to the report, since many international pharmacies develop illegal relationships with physicians who then ship the controlled substances into the United States using disguised packages.

These doctors generally do not have more than a passing relationship with the patient, and would certainly be in no position to determine whether or not the drugs in question are causing adverse effects on their health.

Access to prescription drugs is a growing problem among young people, with one and five teenagers now reporting that they have illicitly taken medications in order to obtain their euphoric effects.

Currently, the most commonly abused prescription drugs are:

  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Ritalin
  • Amphetamines

Families who believe their loved one has a prescription drug addiction should contact a drug rehab center immediately.

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