Posted: Jun 14, 2013 6:49 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Buying prescription drugs online is on the rise nationwide, especially among teens, and not only can it be dangerous, it can also be illegal.
An internet watchdog group called the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) is warning parents to beware of what their teens are buying online.
The agency says that not only are teenagers able to purchase prescription drugs online, but many times don't even need a prescription.
"When a teen can go on google and just with a few clicks purchase dangerous painkillers without ever seeing a doctor or getting a prescription, that's a health hazard," said Tom Galvin, executive director of Digital Citizens Alliance.
The Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice offers a warning to not only parents but to anyone who purchases drugs over the internet.
"Whether it's kids, whether it's adults, I mean they are going to target whoever has the pocket available that's going to pay. Kids might have access to a debit card, to a parent's credit card, and they are going to use those resources in order to get what they can," said DCI chief Bryan Lockerby.
Lockerby reminds consumers that buying drugs without a prescription on rogue websites is not only illegal but dangerous: "There's no way to regulate it. You don't know what the dosage levels is. People can die."
Lockerby praises watchdog groups, because he says law enforcement doesn't have a legal way to travel to third world countries to shut down these operations; he said, "So the more that these groups become involved, and make the public aware of it, the more they help law enforcement and public safety. It's a very critical element of it. Education is the way we're going to stop this, it's not going to be just by putting up fences around the internet."