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CSIP in the News

CSIP and its partner organizations sometimes contribute articles about the problems and issues posed by illicit online pharmacies in various media outlets. Various news and information organizations also report on the work of CSIP. This page contains collections of articles written by CSIP staff or partners about the organization, as well as stories about CSIP from the media.



Facebook, University of Alabama at Birmingham Partner, to Prevent Illegal Drug Sales Over Social Network

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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.”

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CSIP Leads Facebook, Google, and Twitter in New Coalition to Fight Opioid Epidemic

At a meeting held in Washington, DC, on November 13th, leaders from three technology companies met with experts to form a new coalition to “share best practices and collaborate on ways to address opioid addiction.” Recognizing the rising public health threat of opioid addiction and overdose in the US, CSIP members Facebook, Google, and Twitter, are forming Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis and will work to leverage new “proactive-detection” technology that is powered by artificial intelligence and can help detect drug-related images and content before they are seen by consumers. Read More


A Couple’s Tough Trek Back from Opioid Addiction

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Addiction is too often an unexpected outcome for someone who is trying to manage emotional or physical pain or who doesn’t realize how quickly addiction can develop from what seems to be harmless, occasional use of drugs. CSIP Executive Director, Marjorie Clifton, and Fred Muench, CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership), were recently interviewed by Health Day as part of an article highlighting the experience of a couple who overcame addiction. Being connected with recovered addicts who can share hope and being surrounded by family members who have the support systems they need, can make a big difference to someone who is trying to overcome addiction. MedicineSafe, a collaboration between CSIP and the Partnership, is a coalition of national and state public and private partners, providing expert information and tools for safely managing prescription drugs and opioid addiction.

Read the Health Day article.