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Online pharmacies causing addiction?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by danjon, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    Here in the UK we've seen the growth of internet-based pharmacies rocket these past few years.

    However, for people like myself who've had previous issues with OTC drugs like promethazine and codeine, having to physically go and buy medication from high street dispensaries kind've acted as a brake on my use of those substances.

    The problem now is that I can more or less get as many of these medications as I want through the mail, simply at the click of a button. My use of promethazine (phenergan) these last couple of months as a sleep aid has really increased since I discovered I could buy them online, and I'm a bit worried it might be getting out of control.

    Has anyone else had issues with the ease of OTC medicines bought through the internet, and is there any strategies you employ to curb any addiction problems that grew out of that?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    There is a good chance that if you buy stuff from an online pharmacy, they will either deliver fake products or will sell them illegally.

    In my country, the police has started to bust a lot of steroids selling online shops that were, obviously, illegal. It coul happen to your pharmacy as well. But to answer your question, no. The same people could very well buy from another source, not necessarily from a drugstore. If they are searching ways to skip the prescription, they are already addicted.
  3. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    Thanks for your reply.

    I should add that these aren't illicit pharmacies - they are just online versions of well established high-street firms like Boots, Lloyds, etc. and a few online only ones like Chemist Direct, pharmacy2u et al. In fact, I believe pharmacy2u is the official NHS-allied online pharmacy in the UK. They are regulated under UK and EU law. Apologies if I didn't make that clear.
  4. lovelyhorse

    lovelyhorse Member

    I have ordered from offshore pharmacies in South Africa and India in the past few years. I have heard that the United States F.D.A., in conjunction with the D.E.A. has enlisted a major crackdown on these pharmacies both by forcing shutdown procedures and by intercepting packages in U.S. mail. The most recent D.E.A. operation happened in 2015 and was called Operation Pangea VIII. I believe it is more difficult now than ever to order any kind of scheduled substance over the internet from abroad and receive it into the United States. If you do happen to do this and your package is intercepted, you face the threat of criminal prosecution.
  5. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well the problem with online pharmacies is even if they look legitimate they could be selling countefeit prescriptions from China and what not. I don't think anyone monitors them that closely. Also, some pharmacies that look like great legitimate pharmacies can be fronts for an illegal operation.
  6. lovelyhorse

    lovelyhorse Member

    Good points. I have read news on Redditt that some young people have died from importing "research chemical" substances (substances not scheduled but synthetic equivalents of scheduled drugs in the U.S.) from China.
  7. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    I must be used with the local online drugstores. Anyway, my statement still stands, if a person decides to skip the phase where he/she gets a prescription for her/his pills, then from that point on, the end seller doesn't do anything but business, no matter if he's an online drugstore or a kid in the corner of your block.
  8. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I am not fond of buying things online including medicines. But I could understand how online selling of those stuffs can cause addiction since it makes it easier to get those even without prescriptions. Hard for the government to totally control this trade.
  9. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    These aren't "prescription" medications, they are OTC medications. I think I did mention this in my original post.

    I can see here that online pharmacies seem like such an oddity to those outside the UK! And I agree. I think people should still have to go in person to get OTC medication from a pharmacy. I suppose time will tell if this new way of doing things causes problems down the line...
  10. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    The thing is even OTC drugs can still lead to a series of problems. For instance, aspirine in high dosages can become lethal while other OTC pain pills can make some diseases like renal or liver failure even worse.

    However, it all comes to education, but I do see a lot of potential for the online pharmacies in the future.
  11. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    If someone wants to really get something they can. Online pharmacies don't have to work only in one country and can easily send medication abroad. Most don't but you just have to have one or two that do, in a country that doesn't have strict laws regarding online stores and you could easily get your medication from abroad.
  12. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Yes, I think online pharmacies can really circumvent the law in some cases. It is one of the things that you can be sure of when you are looking for various ways save money. Those that dispense prescription drugs from an overseas pharmacy located offshore somewhere are obviously circumventing laws, and may have counterfeit drugs too.
  13. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Online pharmacies do not "cause" the addiction, but they do maintain it. And it's really hard to resist the temptation of buying medication from the Internet when you're an addict. But there must be some way to block your access on those sites. And that would be the best option, especially if the process is complicated, as you won't want to go through it again. Look it up on Google, it may help.
  14. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Yes this is like having these drugs at your fingertips. If they had this in the U.S people would be selling these probably. I think it's a bad idea to let people get codeine that easily. If you could just order it online and sit at home and wait for it, it's easy to get addicted.
  15. johnstatler14

    johnstatler14 Member

    It's not a good idea buying from Internet pharmacies. I'm sure they're not nearly as regulated as physical, government-approved pharmacies, and you'll have a harder time verifying that what you received is what you ordered. I'm sure they cut their products with fillers, giving you smaller dosages for higher prices. But this is the problem with having drugs at your fingertips.
  16. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    I believe that the only way to curb addiction problems because it's easy and more convenient to buy the meds online is to do what someone who's struggling with a porn addiction would do. Block those websites manually or use software to block them. Of course whether this eventually does work depends on your willingness to fight the urge to buy the meds online.
  17. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    In New Zealand, there is some warnings which can make people be more alert about what they buy online as sometimes the medication can be right for the buyer or just looks like the real thing which is meant to do the right thing and in most cases it does not do the right thing and causes an illness to the person. I think that people need to be aware of what they pay for and check that the medication is right as the people may get the wrong medication which can make some feel upset when they get the wrong one and also think that it will take time for people to be alert to online usage. People don't look at the dangers which can happen when shopping online and also need to check the site is real and does have safe measures when checking the site and also check that their credit cards work on the site.
  18. bleblanc10

    bleblanc10 Senior Contributor

    There is always gonna be a way for addicts to find more drugs.
  19. Droz

    Droz Member

    Many online pharmicies are mislead consumers about the types of medications that they will be getting. Counterfeit drugs with unregulated substances are very common in overseas or "offshore" pharmacies. In regards to addiction, people should accept responsibility for their own addiction, and seek the appropriate help.
  20. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    I wish I had an answer to your question. There should be some type of system in place (since everything is done electronically) where the purchases can be regulated by using our social security number or tax ID. I know another problem is people going from doctor to doctor to get more medicine. I believe using some form of ID would prevent this from happening