This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. You’re tired of spending so much money on prescription drugs, and you’re perusing some very professional-looking websites of online pharmacies. The premises, and the promises, are enticing. Save money, free shipping, no prescriptions necessary, no doctor’s visits needed.
Except that, if you don’t know what to look for, you could very well be purchasing fake prescription pills containing fentanyl or methamphetamine from an international or domestic criminal drug network.
““Consumers are way too trusting when it comes to purchasing services or products online, including medication.””
— Libby Baney, senior adviser to the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
There’s Viagra for erectile dysfunction, medications that promise to help you lose weight, and opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. You’re a careful consumer. You read the fine print, but it doesn’t seem like there’s anything wrong with ordering from there. In fact, it seems like a great idea. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2021 Public Safety Alert, there is a huge surge in online sales of lethal counterfeit pills. Mass-produced in Mexico, smuggled into the U.S. and sold on popular social media and e-commerce platforms, they look just like their legitimate counterparts and are sickening and killing Americans at an unprecedented rate. Read: Millions could lose health coverage if premium subsidies expire later this year, officials sayMany buy prescription drugs online Americans across all demographics buy a wide range of prescription drugs online, including medications to treat ongoing conditions such as asthma or diabetes, specialty drugs such as those for cancer and frequently abused drugs such as Adderall for ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.) According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), of the approximately 35,000 online pharmacies around the world, 95% are unregulated and rogue, selling products that may be substandard, tainted or expired. Operating out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and safety standards, they won’t necessarily cure what’s ailing you, and in fact, they could even kill …