Fake drugs sold online is a growing problem. Not just because it's illegal, but it can be deadly.
Check out these surveillance photos of a postal customer who sent almost 80 packages a day from this post office. Inside those package were counterfeit drugs, sold to customers as prescription drugs on an online pharmacy. “They were receiving packages with pills in them that were in ziploc bags, they weren't marked with what they were, they had no instructions with them, they had no side effects, they had no warnings,” explained the US Postal Inspector.
“You may receive the actual compound and you may not. You may receive something that's deadly to you, “ adds Dale Forrester, USPIS Sr. Forensic Chemist.
A search warrant of the seller's home showed random uncounted pills, credit card numbers and passports in his home. Law enforcement cannot emphasize enough, you are gambling with your life by taking drugs that don't follow legal standards.
“One of the things that you need to make sure of is they ask for your doctor's prescription, that when you get the package that it actually comes in some type of self-locking mechanism, particularly the brown bottles with the interlocking caps. It needs to have the doctor's name on it, the type of pill that's inside of it, the daily dosage, the side effects, warnings… and list the active ingredients.”
Of that list you just heard, The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy say this is key: 89% of illegal online pharmacies do not require a valid prescription.
That's a big red flag.
The NABP has a list of non-recommended sites. There are hundreds and hundreds of illegal sites.