The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies’ blog profiles efforts to address the growing problem of consumer access to illegitimate pharmaceutical products on the Internet from the perspective of CSIP staff and board members and partners. It is updated on a a regular basis with new information and breaking news stories so be sure to check back often.
Amid a nation gripped by chronic disease, drug abuse, gun violence, and more, the life expectancy of adults in the US has declined to levels not seen since the losses from flu and war in 1915-1918. According to the latest annual data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US Department of Health & Human Services, Americans could expect to live 78.6 years from birth in 2017, a decrease from the previous year.
Drug overdoses and deaths, especially from fentanyl, saw an increase in 2017. According to an article on the data in the Washington Post, “Deaths attributed to opioids were nearly six times greater in 2017 than they were in 1999.” Health disparities based on geography are still a challenge, with states like West Virginia having 54.8 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people, while Nebraska had 8.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Read More
For every drug that hits the market (or the street), there are hundreds of other varieties. As part of its efforts to help manage content and messaging related to the use and misuse of drugs, Facebook recently partnered with the Computer Forensics Research Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to understand the latest drug street names. This will allow for better flagging of illegal sales that are happening on the platform.
This partnership is part of a larger effort, Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, a coalition lead by CSIP. The coalition includes representatives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter and “enables the social media companies to share best practices and find ways to increase their collective impact to address the crisis.”
According to the recently released 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, there were more deaths from drug poisoning in 2016 than from motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, and firearms, and for the first time there were more deaths from synthetic opioids (includes fentanyl), than other illicit drugs. This trending data is central to this annual report from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that aims to identify threats to the US based on data from a range of public and private sources. Read More