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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. Members of the media and others are invited to contact us for additional information.


New Federal Guidance Released on Safely Tapering or Ending Long-Term Opioid Use


With opioids as the number one cause of drug overdose deaths in the US, the spotlight has been on reducing the overprescribing of opioids for those facing chronic or intermittent pain. Those efforts have paid off with a reduction, since 2012, in the overall amount of opioid prescriptions being dispensed. Seeing more patients who can benefit from alternative pain management approaches and bypass the need to take opioids is certainly a positive result of these efforts, yet focus has been lacking on patients who have been taking opioids for a long time and who experience harm when they are abruptly taken off these medications. Read More


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