Buying drugs online is child's play
ABC Action News Report,
May 23, 2006
- 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
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
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."
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.
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
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.
physician is going to sign that prescription,"
explained Dr. Whitaker. "He's wrong. He's breaking
Action News stopped our transaction before
purchasing any drugs, but feds believe thousands of
kids may be doing it every day.
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.
you go on the Internet right now, there are millions
of Web sites out there and impossible to police each
one," concluded Trouville.