We all know that there are people out there who buy and sell prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. With all of the restrictions involved, how is it even possible? What are the dangers involved in getting drugs this way? Perhaps the most important question is why should you even care as long as you’re not doing it, right? Well we think that you should be very concerned, especially if you have kids or if you, yourself, considered purchasing drugs this way.
The biggest problem is that government control measures are placed between a rock and a hard place because of two types of studies. The main way of distribution of prescription drugs is by people who actually have prescriptions for various ailments and instead of using all of their prescribed drugs before refilling them, they will generally use fifty to seventy five percent of their drugs and sell the rest to a “friend who knows a friend” and refill their prescription, usually funded by an insurance or Welfare. So one study suggests that the principal means of controlling these substances is for the prescribing physician to be much more aware of their patient’s use of these drugs and limit that use as much as possible. The other problem here is that the studies that are conducted in this area are subject to much controversy as these studies use typical drug user interviews for their facts and illegal drug users tend to be very shy about their drug habits and very likely their testimonies are highly fabricated. The other side of the situation is the studies that claim that many patients that are prescribed prescription drugs, due to the restrictions on the amount prescribed, are still suffering pain; that we should allow more drugs to be prescribed so that these patients need not suffer needlessly. Thus the dilemma, should the government allow less drugs to be prescribed to reduce its illegal use or allow more drugs to be sold to help those that actually need them.
Other than the above named source of black market supply of these drugs, the other common means are those brought in from Mexico and Mexico’s very lax, or perhaps the lack of, restrictions on prescription drugs; though this likely accounts for a smaller segment of the black market supply, there is really no way of knowing the proportions. In our encounters with clients who have used such drugs, we have heard more than once that their suppliers get their drugs in California, Florida, and Texas.
So other than the legal concerns, does it really matter if people get their drugs from the black market? There are many reasons to be concerned actually. First of all, one of the major reasons why these drugs are prescribed is because of potential side effects, many times very severe, causing irreversible damage and even lethal. It is the doctor’s duty to know their patient’s background, including other drugs they are taking to minimize side effects and drug interactions. What Drug marketplace about contamination? Drugs purchased via legal means go through the strictest of handling processes to ensure a non-contaminated product. Drugs purchased on the black market are obviously not subjected to these requirements and who knows what kind of contaminants they have encountered. The third very troubling concern is many times these drugs are crushed and diluted with other things, such as baking soda, these processes are performed in laboratories, for lack of a better word, that are used to create and dilute other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines. The equipment is rarely cleaned to pristine conditions many times allowing for these drugs to combine, potentially creating super lethal concoctions; worse yet is users who purchased from these laboratories may come to expect a typically safe product, when a bad batch comes along and…
Perhaps the most troubling of all indications is that these black market prescription drugs run rampant within our Jr. High and High Schools. Yes, your children are required to make a daily choice not to succumb to peer pressure and try these drugs. This is especially a concern for the difficult growing years of Jr. High where the kids are just starting to really discover who they are, often times without strong opinions, this is especially the case where the parents are too busy to really instill a sense of what’s important and what’s right or wrong in these kids’ lives. Even with children whose parents do try to impart a sense of self-confidence in their children’s lives often times a thing as simple as a crush will allow peer pressure to overcome their sense of who they are and their values.
So where does that leave us? Government can really do nothing to help with solving this problem. I doubt trying to shelter our kids will help either because we really have no way of watching them twenty-four-seven; besides hoping that your kids are smart and will make the right decision when they have never even heard of the stuff is a very big hope indeed. We think the only real option is educating ourselves and those that we care about. You should tell your kids that they are likely to encounter this stuff, perhaps even offer to take it by their best friends, but…well you can figure out the rest. I wish you best success in avoiding this stuff and making sure that your kids will avoid it too.