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Efforts to Curb Disturbing Patterns in Internet Drug Sales

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    Up to 85 percent of all prescriptions purchased by patients on the Internet involve controlled substances, compared with just over 10 percent thru regular pharmacies. These figures, coming from independent, non-profit research, warn of serious problems of misuse by those who obtain drugs from the Web. What can be done-and what are we doing-to stop these sales? The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, has studied this issue extensively. Susan Foster, vice president and director of policy research and analysis at CASA, led the authoring of the Center's most recent report. She talks with host Dr. Charles Turck about what we can do to prevent unsupervised use of these medicines and better protect our patients from the associated dangers.

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    Up to 85 percent of all prescriptions purchased by patients on the Internet involve controlled substances, compared with just over 10 percent thru regular pharmacies. These figures, coming from independent, non-profit research, warn of serious problems of misuse by those who obtain drugs from the Web. What can be done-and what are we doing-to stop these sales? The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, has studied this issue extensively. Susan Foster, vice president and director of policy research and analysis at CASA, led the authoring of the Center's most recent report. She talks with host Dr. Charles Turck about what we can do to prevent unsupervised use of these medicines and better protect our patients from the associated dangers.

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