Internet Drug Pushers

Internet Drug Pushers

If you have a loved one who is abusing drugs, it can be very frustrating to discover how easily they managed to get their drug of choice. Although it is getting hard to “doctor shop” to get multiple prescriptions, there are still loopholes in the system.

In the Internet age it’s even easier to get drugs – by ordering them from illegal pharmacies online. What can a family do to help? One option is to report these online pharmacies to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). A few years ago the DEA set up an internataional toll-free hotline (1-877-RxAbuse) that allows anyone who discovers rogue pharmacies online to anonymously turn them in.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports more and more people are abusing prescription medications for nonmedical purposes.

According to the original press release on the hotline, “DEA is particularly interested in hearing from families whose loved one has overdosed or died as a result of obtaining pharmaceuticals over the Internet. Tips including the Web addresses will help us put these pill pushers out of business.”

You can call 1-877-RxAbuse or go to www.dea.gov and click on a link to fill out an electronic form.

You can call 1-877-RxAbuse (1-877-792-2873) around the clock, 365 days per year. The hotline is staffed by bilingual operators housed at DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). It is a toll free call from Mexico as well.

During normal business hours the caller will be connected directly to someone at the responsible DEA Domestic Field Office. After-hours tips will be forwarded by an internal, secure E-mail system, for further investigation and follow-up, by DEA Agents and Investigators.

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