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Published:May 17th, 2007 03:00 EST
DEA Official Testifies Before Senate About Rogue Internet Pharmacies

DEA Official Testifies Before Senate About Rogue Internet Pharmacies

By SOP newswire

Non-medical use of addictive prescription drugs has been increasing throughout the United States at alarming rates. In 2005, an estimated 6.4 million Americans age 12 and older reported past month use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Of these, 4.7 million used pain relievers non-medically. Nationally, the misuse of prescription drugs was second only to marijuana in CY 2005.

Part of this increase in abuse is fueled by the perception among many that prescription drugs are relatively safe when compared to what some might consider more conventional “street” drugs such as heroin or cocaine. There is relatively little stigma associated with prescription drugs. Because they are manufactured for a legitimate medical purpose, many take these drugs without the anxiety of thinking they will be ostracized for their habit. Perhaps even more alarming is the false sense of security associated with the abuse of these substances. Many feel as though if a doctor can prescribe it, the drug can’t be as harmful to your health.