1 in 6 Americans have purchased drugs online without a prescription
- An estimated 36 million Americans have purchased at least one prescription drug online without a doctor's prescription, according to research presented this week by the Partnership at Drugfree.org. The nonprofit organization noted that illegal online drug sellers—known as rogue Internet pharmacies—expose consumers to counterfeit and unapproved medications. We recently found drugs from rogue pharmacies that were potentially lethal, including narcotic painkillers, drugs to treat epilepsy and ADHD, and supposed generic versions of big-name drugs such as Avodart, Crestor, Cymbalta, and Nexium.
It’s no secret that millions of Americans are worried about medical expenses. Our May 2010 poll found that in the past year, 39 percent of adults reported taking some action to reduce drug costs. But many of those steps—such as failing to take a drug as prescribed, not filling a prescription, taking an expired drug, or sharing a prescription—are risky.