Monday, May 16, 2011

Internet tied to growth in U.S. prescription drug abuse

Access to rogue online pharmacies may be driving a rapid increase in the abuse of prescription drugs like powerful painkillers Percocet and Oxycontin, a new study shows.

The pharmacies, typically located outside the United States, send out millions of e-mail solicitations a year, and many not adhere to U.S. regulations requiring a physician's prescription for the drugs.

Prescription drugs are fast replacing illegal substances in venues like college campuses, Goldman said.

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