Illegal online prescription drug traffic is the target of a new act of Congress

November 10, 2008

Online prescription drug trafficking, abuse, and availability are the targets of the newly passed Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is applauding passage of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act designed to curb online prescription drug trafficking, abuse, and availabilty. The recently passed bill amends the Controlled Substance Act by requiring face-to-face prescribing, DEA-endorsement before a pharmacy can dispense, and stiffer penalties for violators.

"Cyber-criminals illegally peddling controlled substances over the Internet have invaded households and threatened America's youth for far too long by supplying pharmaceuticals with a few clicks of a mouse and a credit card," Michele Leonhart, acting DEA administrator, said.