Overseas-based online pharmacies: a source of supply for illicit drug users?

Bernard N St George, Joseph R Emmanuel and Kate L Middleton
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb05832.x
Published online: 2 February 2004

Overseas-based online pharmacies dispense prescription medications without a prescription, thus creating an alternative source of pharmaceuticals for people using illicit drugs. Health professionals need to be aware of this new drug source, which may change the rates and patterns of illicit drug use in Australia. Because of the nature of the Internet, this issue needs to be dealt with at both an international and a national level.

  • Bernard N St George1
  • Joseph R Emmanuel2
  • Kate L Middleton3

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