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Beyond the Medicine Cabinet: Pill Mills Now Online

By Jennifer

In just a few years states such as Florida and Kentucky, once known as havens for pill mills, have seen a dramatic turnaround in the fight against prescription drug abuse.

But the fight isn’t over.

Now this nationwide epidemic has moved into cyberspace. Online pharmacies operating across the globe allow easy access in purchasing controlled medications. Those seeking pills can buy them even if they’re underage and don’t have a prescription.

Fortunately groups such as, LegitScript, monitor the web searching for rogue pharmacies. The group was recognized for their work in assisting “INTERPOL as part of Operation Pangea, a global effort focused on shuttering illicit online drug sellers.”

    Additional facts:

  • 97% of internet pharmacies are NOT operating legitimately
  • Internet pharmacies currently make about $1 – 2.5 million a month
  • There are approximately 40,000 -50,000 rogue pharmacies operating online

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