What do you suppose those two have to do with each other? Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Southern California wrote a piece in the Journal Health Affairs that stated that there is an alarming growth in prescription drug abuse and it appears to be linked to people’s access to the internet and the number of rogue online pharmacies that are on the internet. The report also gave the information that the states where access to high-speed internet grew the fastest between 2000 and 2007 also had the largest increase in the number of people seeking treatment for prescription drug abuse.
If you are aware of the prescription drug problem such as I am then you can just about observe that perhaps this problem is made bigger by the easy access to pharmaceutical drugs on the internet. Many pharmacies on line do sell drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet and they do not require that you have a prescription from your doctor. These sites also sell tranquilizers, sedatives, stimulants and painkillers on a daily basis. There are sites that are doing business all over the world and they mail things into America on a regular basis.
Dana Goldman, PhD and a team set out to determine whether there is an association between online availability and prescription drug abuse. They gathered date from the Federal Communications Commission and looked at data from each state and its people’s access to high speed internet from 2000 to 2007. They also collected date from SAMHA telling the admissions to substance abuse clinics during that same period. They found that in each state, a 10% rise in high-speed internet availability went hand-in-hand with a 1% increase in prescription drug abuse admissions. The increases were in narcotics painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, and then sedatives. It was found that addiction to substances that are not available on the internet either grew very little or dropped.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that if you need some drugs you can search the internet and order some online and chances are you will find a site that will sell them to you and ship them to you. Now I really thought that Customs would be on the lookout for some drugs coming to the US in the mail. So they may be doing their jobs and maybe some of these drugs slip through the cracks. Knowing the behavior of an addict I know they will try this avenue of getting their drugs and keep doing this on many online sites. Prescription drugs abuse is increasing there is not doubt about that. If you know some of friends or family that is doing this kind of thing; step up to responsibility and talk to them about getting help. If you or someone you love needs help from a drug treatment facility, we can help. Our prescription drug abuse help can solve your problems. Call our rehab now at 1-877-340-3602.