A new study shows how easy it is to get your hands on addictive drugs through online pharmacies, many of which sell the drugs without prescriptions.
It's an ongoing problem taking place in the virtual world, controlled substances being sold over the internet with no questions asked and that has several people, including those in the medical and law enforcement fields, very concerned.
When it comes to getting powerful painkillers and stimulants, pharmacies are a thing of the past.
"They follow the easiest route and in some cases, that is the easiest," said Leslie Rogers.
Rogers is the pharmacy manager at the Kroger in London and he says more and more people are logging on to online pharmacies to get their fix and in some cases, doctors are issuing the prescriptions with no question.
"It's almost malpractice, to be honest with you. There's no physical evaluation and those individuals, those doctors could not possibly know that those individuals needed a controlled substance," Rogers said.
If you do a quick online search for drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin, you will see plenty of advertisements telling you how easy it is to get your hands on the drugs.
A new study from the DEA shows that only 11% of controlled substances are ordered through traditional pharmacies compared to 80% of prescriptions that are filled online. A study from the National Center on Addiction found that out of 159 websites offering controlled drugs, only 2 of those sites were legitimate. Law officials are concerned because anyone of any age can get online and order the drugs.
"And educating the public is a very important part of this because people need to realize that their children can actually be getting on a computer and through the internet and can be obtaining drugs that may destroy their lives," said UNITE Deputy Director Paul Hayes.
He says it's a problem he's not backing down on.
Law enforcement officials say they've seen a big improvement over the last year with new legislation that makes it harder for people in Kentucky to have doctors fill online prescriptions. However, it is an issue they say they will continue to monitor.
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