Narcotic abuse made easier by online pharmaceuticals
Prescription narcotic abuse is getting worse possibly because of the growing number of people with high speed internet access, states a new study. Researchers have suggested that more people were using online pharmacies to fill false prescriptions from 2000 to 2007, judging from increasing internet access and rates of treatment for prescription drugs addiction. That said, the people who conducted the study think it's merely a coincidence.
Rules on prescriptions not applied in offshore, online drug distributors
The LA Times reports that a connection between the growth of the internet usage and prescription drug abuse has been made in a study. The study is being published in Health Affairs, a non-partisan journal dedicated to medical policy problems. Researchers at the University of Southern California and Massachusetts General Hospital got together to do the research. The research looks at the number of individuals admitted to rehabilitation facilities due to addiction to prescription drugs and average internet usage. There was an increase in narcotic abuse with internet usage. They also went down together. Online pharmacy corporations located offshore are partially blamed, as they don't fall under U.S. jurisdiction and make it easier to get prescriptions for painkillers, sedatives, stimulants and anti-anxiety medications.
Higher speed leads to higher rates of abuse
There was another essential link in the study. It linked internet access speed to abuse frequency. A one percent increase in abuse admissions was recorded with every 10 percent increase in high-speed internet availability. This showed a clear connection, Reuters reported. That suggests that as the internet becomes easier to use at top speed, it becomes easier for addicts to get narcotics from unscrupulous online pharmacies. Oddly enough, admissions to the facilities in the research for illegal narcotics and alcohol decreased. According to the authors, it was just a coincidence. They recognize it is not a trigger and impact shown. Drug dealers sometimes purchase the narcotics, according to Time, in order to sell them. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of prescription narcotic addicts said they really got their drugs online.
Those who die from prescription drugs
The CDC stated that as of 2007, deaths due to overdose of opioid painkillers for instance OxyContin were 1.93 times more common than fatalities from cocaine overdose, and 5.38 times more common than deaths from heroin overdose. The Narcotic Enforcement Agency states that there were millions that abused prescription narcotics in 2009. There were 7 million reported over the age of 12. The Obama administration recently proclaimed that it is seeking new prescription guidelines for opioid analgesics, according to the New York Times, in order to cut down on addictions and overdose. In the fiscal year 2012, the White House wants to spend $15.5 billion to enforce the law on illegal narcotic. There was a much lower spending budget in the 2010 fiscal. The Food and drug administration only got $3.2 billion. Legal narcotics cause more deaths.
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