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.
Safe and convenient disposal of unused medication – particularly opioids – is an important aspect of fighting the raging opioid epidemic. Follow observation of high search rates for the the terms “medication disposal near me,” Google, a longtime CSIP partner, has taken strides to make its work during last year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a more permanent fixture of its technology services. The API that it launched last year to help people find nearby locations to dispose of medications is now a permanent fixture to Google maps and search. This pilot effort is possible through Google partnering with pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, as well as state governments, and the US. Drug Enforcement Administration to get the detailed location data it needs to share with consumers. Read More
In its 2016 evidence-based guidance on prescribing opioids, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stressed the importance of considering non-opioid approaches for pain management, and that “opioids should not be considered firstline or routine therapy for chronic pain.” While opioids only cover up pain by blocking pain signals to the brain (plus come with a range of side effects and addictive tendencies), options like physical therapy can get to the root of the pain, help with mobility, and improve quality of life. Read More
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership), a CSIP partner, recently extended the hours for its popular helpline. The helpline is now available from 9AM to 12AM EST Monday through Friday (Saturday and Sunday 12PM to 5PM EST). Helpline staff can be reached via the Partnership’s 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. Read More