Innovations: Alcohol & drug abuse: Narcotics on the net:
the availability of Web sites selling controlled substances

Forman RF.
Alkermes, Inc., Cambridge,
Massachusetts, USA.
Psychiatr Serv. 2006 Jan;57(1):24-6.


The Internet is not only a vital medium for communication, entertainment, and commerce, but it is also an outlet for illicit drug sales. Although the U.S. Controlled Substances Act regulates access to certain drugs by requiring prescriptions, unique characteristics of the Internet create significant challenges for the enforcement of U.S. drug policies. In the late 1990s "no prescription Web sites" (NPWs) began to emerge, which allow persons to purchase drugs, such as opiates, without a prescription. Given the likely role of NPWs in increasing prescription drug abuse, health care professionals must develop and disseminate strategies for helping patients who are affected by these Web sites.

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Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Oxycodone (Oxycontin)
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Buying drugs without a prescription
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The Internet as a source of rewarding drugs
Two Agencies to Fight Online Narcotics Sales
Prescription opioid use, misuse, and diversion in NYC
Vicodin: 'some of them actually think they deserve it'
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Availability of prescription-only opioid analgesics over the Net
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Internet-based survey of nonmedical prescription opioid use in USA
Buying drugs online: pharmaceutical roulette or consumer freedom?

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Critique of Huxley's Brave New World

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