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.
It is hard to believe that another year – another decade – is coming to an end. Since its founding in 2011, CSIP has sought to address the global problem of consumer access to illegitimate pharmaceuticals from illegal online pharmacies and other sources. Over the past few years, this work has shifted to focus on the dangers of opioids and the available resources for families and communities in need.
As the year comes to a close, we pause to reflect on what we have shared this year on the CSIP blog. Here are a few highlights/trends that stood out:
Parent to Parent Connections for Supporting Children Suffering from Opioid Addiction
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership), a CSIP partner, brings parents and caregivers of children suffering from addiction together with experts and parent coaches who have already walked this difficult path. Through its helpline, which extended its hours in early 2019, staff can be reached by website or by phone, text, or Facebook Messenger. Parents calling the helpline find bilingual support services and a connection to the Partnership’s Parent Coaching program. Meeting families where they are on the journey to recovery can make all the difference. Read More
The 7th annual Healthcare of Tomorrow summit took place earlier this month, sponsored by U.S. News & World Report. The goal of this annual event is to bring together leaders from the healthcare industry, policymakers, consumers, and other experts to ” exchange ideas, share best practices, and set new standards for patient care.” Recognizing the role of healthcare providers and hospitals as the first line in the opioid epidemic, the 2019 summit agenda included an expert panel addressing how hospitals have responded to this public health crisis. Panel members included Dr. Alicia Jacobs of the University of Vermont Medical Center; Dr. Christopher Freer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Dr. Halena Gazelka of Mayo Clinic; and Dr. Jay Bhatt of the American Hospital Association.
Over the past few weeks, the federal government has released resources to address the continuing opioid epidemic impacting the US. Recognizing that finding safe and effective treatment options is essential, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the launch of FindTreatment.gov, “a newly designed website that will help connect Americans looking for substance abuse treatment with approximately 13,000 locations across the US.” Read More