No Prescription Needed Online Pharmacies With Manipulative Advertising Techniques Inflame Prescription Painkiller Abuse In The United States
A serious problem being faced by both federal and state authorities across the country are illegal dealers of prescription painkillers and other prescription drugs using no prescription needed or no real prescription needed online pharmacies to sell drugs. Since the pharmacies tend to be based in foreign countries, it has proven incredibly difficult to track down and prosecute such dealers in the past. ONE80CENTER condemns no prescription needed and no real prescription needed online pharmacies and the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers and other prescription drugs.
Two international examples of such pharmacies that use traditional pharmaceutical images and guarantees to mask their business are pharmaplax and ediscountpharmacies. As tracking data and enforcement methods adapt to the problem, more and more prescription painkiller dealers and sites are actively being prosecuted. But the international locations remains a problem as does the manipulative methods used by some of the online pharmacies based in America.
By using manipulative advertising techniques that are dangerous and criminal in nature, the no prescription online pharmacies offer access to prescription painkillers and other drugs like tranquilizers and stimulants with nothing more than a credit card number. Examples of recent successful prosecutions in the past year include two Missouri residents who were sentenced in federal court. The couple made millions of dollars in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs through such online pharmacies.
Anthony Holman, 36, and his wife, Arcelia Holman, 44, were each sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to eight months in federal prison without parole. The Holmans pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone and alprazolam by using fraudulent prescriptions obtained through the Web sites they operated. They also pleaded guilty to their roles in a money-laundering conspiracy related to financial transactions that involved the proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy as well as using no prescription online pharmacies to process the orders.
By pleading guilty, the Holmans agreed to forfeit to the government nearly $407,000 that was seized from their bank accounts by law enforcement officers as well as a BMW sport utility vehicle, a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota 4Runner. Anthony and Arcelia Holman owned and operated PersonalizedRx, a corporation founded and based in St. Robert, Missouri. They sold hydrocodone to undercover law enforcement agents through the Web site. Anthony Holman told an undercover law enforcement officer that the Web site generated $100,000 in revenue per month; another Web site in which he had an interest generated $50,000 in revenue per month.
In general, the customers of no prescription pharmacies fill out an online “medical history questionnaire” and submitted false medical records via fax. Customers paid for an “initial consultation” via credit card or cash; medical insurance is not accepted on these sites. The identity of the customer, the medical information in the questionnaire, and the medical records are never verified. The physicians or physician assistants who conduct the consultations have no face-to-face contact with the customers, did not verify the clients’ identities or age, and did not conduct any physical examinations or testing.
Another problem with no prescription online pharmacies is the prevalence of counterfeit drugs that are sold as the real deal. Whether it is Oxycodone or Adderall, Percocet or Valium, the drugs often are not even generic copies. In many cases, they are foreign simulations with contaminants and questionable ingredients. Beyond giving access to underage buyers to serious prescription drug abuse that often leads to addiction, the contaminants and questionable ingredients create additional health risks. By using easy access to inflame prescription drug abuse in America, ONE80CENTER recognizes that these criminals are making a bad situation worse.
ONE80CENTER Alert: Prescription Drug Abuse Is The Fastest Growing Addiction In The United States And Getting Worse
Prescription drug abuse is spiraling out of control in the United States. As the fastest growing addiction in the United States, the prescription drug problem is so frustrating to doctors and the clinical team at ONE80CENTER because these drugs are meant to help. Unfortunately, in the wrong hands, prescription drugs, particularly painkillers like OxyContin and Percodan, are doing more harm than good, and the cost is growing day by day.
Prescription Drug Abuse Spiraling
“Thousands of people are dying. In 16 states, prescription drug overdoses has overtaken motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death,” says Dr. John Dreyzehner, the director of the Virginia Department of Health. As a member of One Care of Southwest Virginia, Dr. Dreyzehener has joined a group of doctors, social workers and other recovery personnel trying to address the growing prescription drug abuse explosion. As Dr. Dreyzehner explains, “This is a national problem.”
ONE80CENTER supports both treatment and prevention solutions, such as prescription drug monitoring programs that include pill counts and drug screens to detect co-occurring disorders and prescription drug abuse. “This is complicated. there is no one easy magic bullet solution to the drug abuse misuse problem,” says Dr. Dreyzehner. The Virginia group believes there are four-lines of defense: proper disposal areas, education, enforcement and monitoring.
A recent survey paints a troubling picture for hospital patients in need of medication because of the abuse that is spiraling out of control. According to the American Hospital Association, the drugs that legitimate patients need might not be there when a doctor prescribes it. More than 99% of hospitals have experienced one or more drug shortages in the past six months, and nearly half have reported 21 or more shortages in that time. In fact, experts are calling it one of the worst drug shortages in history.
Prescription Drug Abuse Leads To Drug Shortages
The reason for these drug shortages, ranging from Adderall and Xanax to OxyContin and Percodan, is the rising levels of prescription drug abuse. Everyday people in your life, people you would not suspect, are becoming prescription drug addicted and drug-dependent. Such people are not buying on the street, but they are doctor shopping and hospital shopping. As a result, the shortages are caused by unexpected surges in demand. ONE80CENTER believes a line has to be drawn in the sand before there are no places left to draw lines and the problem becomes practically unstoppable.
New Research Study Reveals 60% of Adult Americans Misuse Prescription Medications And Possibly Suffer From Prescription Drug Abuse
ONE80CENTER was not surprised by the results of a new Quest Diagnostics study that revealed that 60% of Americans misuse prescription medications, leading to prescription drug abuse. Examining men and women of all ages, income levels and health plans, the study conclusively showed that the subjects used pain medication and other prescription drugs contrary to clinician orders. Prescription drug abuse leads directly to alarming health risks and the rise of addiction.
Prescription Drug Abuse Study
Comprised of nearly 76,000 laboratory tests for monitoring prescription drug use and the possible abuse of prescription drugs, the extensive study indicate that the majority of Americans tested misused medications, including potentially addictive pain killers. From missing doses to combining medications with other drugs, the forms of medication misuse and prescription drug abuse were recorded in a wide range. Prescription pain medication abuse, however, was the worst.
The study found high rates of inconsistency with clinical orders and pharmaceutical instructions particularly when it came to opioid pain medications, such as oxycodone in the form of OxyContin (44%). In addition, misuse and abuse of central nervous system depressants like Xanax (50%), and stimulant amphetamines like Adderall (48%) were extremely high as well.
The study’s insights into the Prescription drug epidemic was based on an analysis of 75,997 de-identified urine lab test results of patients of both genders in 45 states and the District of Columbia performed by the company’s clinical laboratories in 2011. Patients were tested for the presence of up to 26 commonly abused prescription medications and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana.
Prescription Drug Abuse Gender Equality
What is fascinating in the findings were that men and women were equally likely to suffer prescription drug abuse. In contrast, the illegal drug abuse of men was higher with two in ten (21%) testing positive for cocaine, marijuana or PCP compared to 15% of women. All positive drug screens in the study were confirmed by mass spectrometry, the most advanced drug testing method. The analysis did not include results of drug rehabilitation clinics, which may be more likely to exhibit unusually high rates of drug inconsistency.
Why is the clinical team at ONE80CENTER not surprised by the findings of this study of prescription drug abuse? The answer is simple: We have seen the exact same trends in our own work and with our clients, both in and out of our facilities. These findings are not isolated events or a mass exception to the rule. Prescription drug abuse is the new American plague. If you or a loved one or a co-worker is suffering from the disease of prescription drug abuse or addiction, please contact ONE80CENTER today by calling 888.593.2301. The right time to take action is today.
University Of Kentucky Research Study Suggests Rates Of Alcohol Consumption Directly Increase Prescription Stimulant Abuse Risk
Demonstrating a logical connection between drinking and methamphetamine abuse, a new University of Kentucky research study suggests alcohol consumption may increase the likelihood of prescription stimulant abuse. Amphetamines are part of the larger group of drugs known as stimulants that includes cocaine and Adderall. Although cocaine was once the dominant illegal stimulant abused, today prescription stimulants like Adderall are more widely abused by young adults. The clinical staff at ONE80CENTER are not surprised that the Kentucky study strongly indicates an association between alcohol consumption and prescription stimulant abuse.
Prescription Stimulant Abuse Linked To Alcohol Consumption
As the senior author of the study and professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Craig R. Rush said that the study shows a direct epidemiological link between drinking alcohol and prescription stimulant abuse, implying a link as well to the abuse of crystal meth. Building on his previous research that showed moderate drinkers were more sensitive to some of the effects of amphetamines when compared to light drinkers, Rush published the new study in the March 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Rush explains in detail: “The idea behind the present study was to follow that study up with one in which we determined whether moderate drinkers were also more likely to work to receive amphetamine in the laboratory, in addition to being more sensitive to its subjective effects.” The researchers looked at 33 study participants and divided them into either moderate (more than seven drinks per week) or light drinkers (less than seven drinks per week).
The focus on study was not on actual drinking, but how drinkers ranging from light to moderate react to a rewards program related to prescription stimulant abuse. During a series of four studies on prescription stimulant abuse and rates of alcohol consumption, the participants were given a placebo as well as low (8-10mg) and high (16-20mg) doses of d-amphetamine. The subjects then had the chance to earn up to a total of eight capsules containing 12.5 percent of the previous dose by working on a computer task.
Drug Seeking, Drinking And Prescription Stimulant Abuse
What is fascinating is that the high dose of amphetamines increased drug seeking behaviors in both light and moderate drinkers, but only the low dose did so with the moderate drinkers. Such a finding definitely suggests that consuming moderate levels of alcohol can increase an individual’s vulnerability to prescription stimulants and illegal stimulant abuse.
Mark T. Fillmore, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and part of the research team, summarized what needs to be done in light of the study: “We need to determine if drinking heavily might actually produce physiological changes in individuals that causes them to become more sensitive to the pleasurable effects of psychostimulant drugs, such as amphetamines.” Such efforts unquestionably will help to wide and deepen the prescription stimulant abuse debate that needs to be conducted in light of the prevalence of co-occurring disorders.
Expanding on his colleagues point, Rush explained, “Other future directions could be to look at the influence of alcohol use history on the effects of other drugs of abuse or to determine how acute alcohol administration, as opposed to self-reported drinking history, impacts response to stimulants.” Without question, the link between prescription stimulant abuse and alcohol consumption is directly related, particularly in terms of a certain personality and even genetic type that is prone to alcoholism and addiction.
ONE80CENTER has seen the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in our client base. Such commonality in both alcoholics and addicts makes the connection between prescription stimulant abuse and alcohol consumption appear almost like an afterthought. The question is not whether co-occurring disorders fuel each other, but how to prevent them from causing such damage and havoc in the lives of so many young people.
From New York To California, the National Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Dependence, Prescription Drug Abuse And Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug dependence, prescription drug abuse, prescription drug addiction are all different sides of a new American plague. Since I have Google Alerts for all of these terms and many more, every day I see articles pouring forth from all over the country, from New to California and everywhere in between, reporting on the damage done and the toll taken by the abuse of prescription drugs. It does matter whether it is college students buying Adderall in the library to study all night long or high school students stealing Vicodin and Xanax from their parent’s medicine cabinets, or drug addicts scoring Oxycontin tablets on the street to crush and snort or shoot, the problem is out of control and just getting worse. ONE80CENTER is on the front lines of the battle, and we are doing best to stem the tide of destruction and devastation. But nothing seems to work.
The Plague Begins With Prescription Drug Dependence
For every person we help to detox and eventually discover the path of long-term recovery, five more are experimenting on the weekend, dancing with prescription drug dependence. Five more are using every week as their prescription drug dependence becomes prescription drug abuse. And even five more are finding their prescription drug abuse spiraling into the slavery of prescription drug addiction as they break the law and do bad things they never would have imagined possible before to get their scripts filled.
The clinical staff at ONE80CENTER are experienced professionals, respected in their fields, and they want you to know that this problem that begins with prescription drug dependence is not being overly exaggerated or blown out of proportion. It is literally a plague that is hitting all level of American society, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, age and on and on. Choose any group, do the research on Google, and you will see how endemic and terrifying the prescription drug abuse problem has become. The prescription medication plague is being reported in papers all over the country
It is easy to ignore the first touches of prescription drug dependence. You can shake your head and shrug your shoulders in the face of prescription drug abuse. But there is no turning away from the horrors that follow in the devastating path of prescription drug addiction. Do any of you actually not know a friend or acquaintance who is experiencing or has experienced problems with prescription drugs? Whether it is a college student who thinks she has to take Adderall to keep up with the curve or a stay-at-home mom popping Xanax to deal with the kids or a Wall Street banker snorting Oxycontin to take the edge off after another stressful day, problems with prescription drugs have almost become the norm as opposed to the exception.
In fact, these prescription drug problems are so much more common now than illegal drug problems because the fact that they are theoretically legal creates a false sense of acceptance. After all, even if the circumstances become more and more shady, they were prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacy. How dangerous could they really be? If you have a loved one or a friend, a family member or a co-worker with a prescription drug problem, take action before the prescription drug dependence becomes abuse and then addiction. The later you take action, the harder the problem becomes to overcome.
Mind you, at ONE80CENTER, we have seen the most extreme addicts find their authentic path of recovery through our individualized program. If you need help or someone you know needs help, do not stick your head in the sand and act like an ostrich, hoping it will all just go away. From personal experience and professional expertise, we know this is one of the most dangerous fallacies in the world. It literally will lead to jails, institutions and death. Before such disaster strikes, please take the time to contact the Clinical Experts at ONE80CENTER and reach out for help.
Adderall is being so commonly abused on College Campuses as a result of its stimulant qualities that it is affecting the grading curve. Students in law school warn new students that you take the “Smart Drug” to obtain super-human focus needed for marathon study or you fall to the bottom of the success curve because your grades go down. How can you compete against students that never stop because they are so amped up on speed? ONE80CENTER is amazed by the extent of the drug’s popularity at colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Statistics About Adderall Abuse And Addiction
Between 1992 and 2002, the number of prescriptions for ADHD medications in the United States increased 369 percent to 23.4 million a year, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse report. In 2005, there were 31.8 million prescriptions for such medications, according to an IMS Health Report. The most popular was Adderall. A survey of students at 119 colleges nationwide found that, on certain campuses, up to 25 percent of respondents had misused ADHD medication in the past year.
The medication is widely available on college campuses and at high schools because it is used to treat ADHD. As a result, students with prescriptions sell their pills to other students. Since it retails illicitly for only a few dollars a pill, not much more than a cup of coffee, and is so widely used and accepted, students ignore the real dangers. Let’s be perfectly clear: Adderall abuse leads directly to Adderall addiction.
The ONE80CENTER staff has treated enough Adderall addicts and abusers to know how horrible that addiction can be in terms of withdrawal and psychological dependence. Once you being using speed as a staple in your working and studying methodologies, it quickly becomes indispensable and takes over your life. Adderall addiction is a growing part of the plague of prescription drug abuse. With recent shortages of the drug and signs of desperation by addicts, it has become clear that Adderall abuse and addiction is a serious crisis with young Americans.
Adderall Abuse Becomes Routine And Accepted On Campus
Adderall abuse is so cunning, baffling and powerful because it is so widely used and accepted and quickly becomes part of a normal routine. But such a routine is anything but normal. It is the pathway to addiction. If you need help because your Adderall usage or a loved one’s has spiraled out of control, we can help you. ONE80CENTER has extensive experience helping such addicts embrace the path of long-term recovery and we can help you today.
Prescription Drug Abuse Among Young Adults And Teens Is Leading Directly To Illegal Drug Abuse And Heroin Addiction
As ONE80CENTER has pointed out recently, prescription drug abuse among teens and young adults is growing at an almost exponential rate. What is frightening is rather than replacing illegal drug addiction, abuse of prescription drugs and opiate pain relievers is leading directly to illegal drug abuse and heroin addiction. In a recent state hearing, law enforcement experts informed the California State Assembly that prescription pill abuse opens the doors to extreme illegal drug abuse and only increases the problem. While prescription drug abuse remains the essential issue, the illegal drug problem is growing as well and not going anywhere anytime soon.
Since teens and young adults can easily obtain prescription pills, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Xanax from the medicine cabinets of their families and on the street and in the schools, such casual experimentation has become the new gateway to heroin addiction and traditional hard drug abuse. Since the prescription pills are legal, young adults and teens do not see a stigma in taking them. As a result, they are much more willing to experiment and take drugs that they would never have taken in the past. Such experimentation quickly spirals out of control in habitual abuse that leads to heroin addiction.
When obtaining the prescription pills becomes too expensive and too difficult, the young adults and teens turn to street drugs as an easy replacement. There is also the myth that the street drugs will get you higher faster and cheaper than the prescription pills. The harmless impression that prescription pills are not dangerous not only leads to increased overdose and death, but a turn to the illegal drug choices. After all, there is nothing that young adults and teens want more than to be on the cutting edge, rebellious and wild. Such casual instincts naturally lead directly to disaster.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, 20 percent of U.S. high school students had taken a prescription drug, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax, without a doctor’s prescription. The statistics for young adults (18-22) are not as readily available, but they are considered to be twice as high or even higher. In 2003, more than 6.3 million Americans actually reported prescription drug abuse for non-medical purposes. ONE80CENTER has seen the abuse of prescription drugs explode into a storm of addiction and death. It is time to address this problem head-on and recognize that prescription drug addiction is just as deadly as illegal drug addiction.
How Parents And Grandparents Can Avoid Becoming Accidental Suppliers Of Prescription Drugs To Teenagers And Young Adults
As the abuse of prescription drugs rises across the United States, ONE80CENTER has seen that the problem tends to begin in the home. As a result, we strongly support the Lock Your Meds campaign that helps to teach parents and grandparents how not to be accidental drug suppliers. Lock Your Meds is a national campaign from the National Family Partnership to inform families that they’re frequently the “unintentional suppliers” of prescription medications being abused by young people. By locking their medicine cabinets and protecting their prescription drugs, they can help prevent a prescription drug problem before it begins. Whether it is OxyContin and Percocet or Xanax and Adderall, access to supplies in the home often opens the door to greater abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem among young adults. The number of young adults going into treatment for addiction to prescription drugs has increased by more than 300 percent.
Prescription Drugs – Abuse And Addiction
When it comes to youth prescription drug abuse, the following statistics have been recorded:
- Seventy percent of young adults that abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends.
- Sixty-eight percent of households fail to properly secure their prescription medications.
- A new survey of 2,500 high school students reports that one in four admitted to abusing prescription drugs.
5 Tips for Parents and Grandparents:
- Safeguard all medicines by controlling access. Remove drugs from your medicine cabinet and lock them up.
- Keep a strict count of your prescription drugs by monitoring quantities. Treat prescription drugs with care and cautiousness.
- Warn teens that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous, addictive, and lethal as street drugs. Studies show that teens view prescription drugs as “safer” to abuse than illicit drugs.
- Properly dispose of old or expired medicines in the trash. Hide or mix them with coffee grounds before throwing them away.
- Check local government websites for prescription drug disposal programs in your community.
Emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse have more than doubled since 2004; 48 percent of all emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse are by young people ages 12 to 20, according to the CDC. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. With OxyContin addiction rates spiraling out of control and prescription narcotics available on the street, there is no reason to add the home as a place of danger and temptation.
ONE80CENTER takes the prescription drug problem seriously as we try to provide families with resources to prevent prescription drug abuse and addiction. Parents and grandparents can learn more about preventing prescription drug abuse at home this summer by downloading the MEDucation Kit from Lock Your Meds. Lock Your Meds is a national campaign from the National Family Partnership to inform families that they’re frequently the “unintentional suppliers” of prescription medications being abused by young people.