Nine of Ten Sites Do Not Require Any Prescription
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New York, NY, June 19, 2006 – For the third year in a row, the number of Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium and Ritalin has increased, according to a new White Paper released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and Beau Dietl & Associates (BDA). CASA and BDA performed the same analysis over the course of a comparable one-week period since 2004, when 157 sites were identified as selling controlled prescription drugs compared with 185 in 2006.
“You’ve Got Drugs!” Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet: 2006 Update reveals that nine of 10 (89 percent) of those Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs do not require prescriptions. Of those sites not requiring prescriptions, 30 percent advertised that no prescription was needed, 60 percent offered “online consultations” and 10 percent made no mention of a prescription.
During the one-week analysis, BDA identified 344 Web sites either advertising or selling controlled prescription drugs. Drugs available over the Internet included opioids or painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin; depressants such as Xanax, Librium and Valium; and stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin.
“Any child can get, without a prescription, highly addictive controlled substances like OxyContin, Valium and Ritalin from Internet drug pushers,” said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA’s chairman and president and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. “The trend of teen ‘pharming parties’ will continue to increase as long as these drugs are so easy to obtain.”
CASA is the only national organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat all types of substance abuse as they affect all aspects of society. CASA has issued 61 reports and white papers, published one book, conducted demonstration projects focused on children, families and schools at 139 sites in 61 cities and counties in 26 states plus Washington, DC and a Native American tribal reservation, and has been testing the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment, in a variety of programs and drug courts. CASA is the creator of the nationwide initiative Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM -- the fourth Monday in September -- that promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce children’s risk of smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs. To become a CASA member, please visit www.casacolumbia.org and click “Become a Member” or send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information.