March 18, 2009
UN Wants Crackdown On Illegal Online Pharmacies
The United Nations issued a few procedures on Tuesday over how to stop Internet drug markets from governments that are besieged by the increase in prescription drug abuse.
A U.S. study discovered that only two of 365 online pharmacies were lawful, by selling any controlled substances with requisite prescriptions, International Narcotics Control Board chief Hamid Ghodse stated.
In some countries, prescription drug trafficking and abuse is equivalent to the use of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.
The problem requires complete collaboration between governments to fight it, Ghodse announced at a U.N. anti-drug strategy symposium in Vienna.
"Therefore the board decided to provide a framework for coordinated international action and cooperation, elaborating the most essential measures which need to be taken," Ghodse said.
The panel advocates rigid, legislative acts to stop citizens from passing out controlled substances without a valid prescription.
Online pharmacies are easy to find, escaping defense systems to sell prescription drugs. However, the drugs are also being purchased by individuals and sold on the street, Ghodse added.
In November 2008, police in the first global crackdown lead by Interpol raided businesses in nine countries alleged to have sold medicines over the Internet.
When following rules, Internet pharmacies are a constructive service used to send treatments to certain regions.
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