Support for Community Education and Awareness Against the Dangers of Illegal Internet Drug Sales

Support for Community Education and Awareness Against the Dangers of Illegal Internet Drug Sales

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WHEREAS, the use of the Internet to buy medicine and medical products has grown rapidly and so has the number of websites selling products illegally; and

WHEREAS, many consumers benefit from the convenience and privacy of this new option. Unfortunately, both consumers and legitimate pharmacies are now being threatened by “rogue sites of fraudulent or disreputable Internet businesses that sell products illegally” (“Consumer Education: Buying Medicine and Medical Products Over the Internet,” available at www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo); and

WHEREAS, the illicit trade over the Internet has been identified as one of the major sources for prescription medications abused by children and adolescents in the United States (“Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2004,” U.N. 2005, available at www.incb.org); and

WHEREAS, investigations carried out in the United States and in a number of European countries revealed that purchases from illicit Internet pharmacies are more expensive than purchases from licensed pharmacies, and customers of illicit Internet pharmacies cannot rely on the authenticity and quality of the pharmaceuticals sold, which may even include counterfeit drugs (“Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2004,” U.N. 2005, available at www.incb.org); and

WHEREAS, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has developed a toll-free international hotline for the public to anonymously report the illegal sale and abuse of prescription drugs, and has developed an online consumer alert warning buyers that online purchases may be illegal and dangerous; and

WHEREAS, the International Narcotics Control Board has concluded that efforts need to be made to educate the general public about the dangers involved in abusing pharmaceutical products containing controlled drugs and to make consumers aware that such purchases not only constitute a breach of law, but are also potentially dangerous to their health, because there is little or no quality control (“Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2004,” U.N. 2005, available at www.incb.org); now, therefore be it

RESOLVED that the International Association of Chiefs of Police calls upon all law enforcement agencies to provide training and raise public awareness on the legal and safety consequences associated with Internet purchases of pharmaceuticals.

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