Websites Offer Unfettered Prescription Drug Sales,
JoinTogether.com, July 14, 2006
A recent snapshot
report found 185 websites selling prescription
drugs, the highest number in the three-year
history of the research project, and noted that 89
percent of the sites did not require a
prescription to purchase controlled substances.
The "You've Got
Drugs" White Paper released last month by the
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
(CASA) at Columbia University found that 30
percent of the sites that didn't require
prescriptions boasted of that fact, while 60
percent offered "online consultations" and 10
percent did not mention prescriptions at all.
Even those sites
that require a prescription often allow customers
to fax a scrip in, a practice that is open to
forgery or illegally using the same prescription
to make multiple purchases.
Available drugs for
sale included Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax, Librium,
Valium, Adderall, and Ritalin. "Any child can get,
without a prescription, highly addictive
controlled substances like OxyContin, Valium and
Ritalin from Internet drug pushers," said CASA
chairman and president Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
years of CASA reports, Congressional hearings, and
increased attention in the press to the abuse of
controlled prescription drugs, these drugs
continue to be as easy to buy over the Internet as
candy," said researcher Bo Dietl.
Only two of the 185
sites found by researchers were certified by the
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
The same report
found 157 prescription-drug websites in 2004; the
research was conducted for CASA by Beau Dietl &