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The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies strives to stay on top of the latest topics, trends and developments related to counterfeit online medicines and illegitimate internet pharmacies. This page will also be updated with CSIP happenings, as well as news from our members and ex-officio member.



Five-Year Drop in Prescription Opioid Misuse in College Students, Yet Still More Work to Do


The fall brings back to school time and with the stresses of homework, exams, activities, and more, college students can be at risk for use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. While the 2018 Monitoring the Future College Students and Young Adults Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a significant decline in prescription opioid misuse (5.4 percent in 2013 to 2.7 percent in 2018), there are still concerns of injury and death from illegally obtained opioids and other drugs. A recent article in USA Today shared the story of James and Mary Winnefeld who created the SAFE Project after their son passed away from an overdose after only four days at college. Read More


US Justice Department Data Scientists Cull Prescription and Billing Records to Fight Opioid Epidemic


In 2017, the US Justice Department brought charges against dozens of health care professionals for writing over 350,000 illegal prescriptions for painkillers in Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia by analyzing prescription and billing data from state and federal sources. These data sources included Medicare, Medicaid and state pharmacy databases. Having access to opioid “big data” means faster and more reliable methods of building evidence to prosecute individuals and companies who are crossing the line and endangering the public. Read More


Understanding Addiction to Pain Pills: Do We Have the Information We Need?


According to a recently published article on understanding addiction in The Atlantic, there was a “fourfold rise in prescription-related overdose fatalities” from 1999 to 2011. Since that time, the public health and medical communities have aimed to curb the overprescribing of opioids – a measure that has contributed to a five percent reduction in overdose deaths (CDC, 2018). Yet, should regulation of prescription pain medicine continue to be the primary avenue in addressing the opioid epidemic? Read More