CSIP works closely with federal agencies, departments and executive branch officials to provide easy access to curated, reliable government reports, studies and services related to online medicine safety, addiction recover resources and more. The items on this page highlight the important ways in which the U.S. government works to ensure consumer health and safety in these important areas.
STOPfakes.gov was launched to serve as a one-stop shop for U.S. Government tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR). The federal agencies behind STOPfakes.gov have developed a number of resources to educate and assist businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as consumers, government officials, and the general public.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft. As a task force, the IPR Center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public’s health and safety, the U.S. economy and the war fighters.
U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Buying Health Products and Services Online
Whether for researching medical information or purchasing medication or other health products, the internet can be a fast and convenient way to manage your health and the health of your family members. Yet, the vast number of websites available can make it overwhelming to find what you need safely and securely. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is responsible for consumer safety and protection and offers a list of tips for being a smart and safe online shopper. These tips include only using legitimate online pharmacies, consulting with a doctor or health care professional, and reporting any cases of online fraud.
Read the guidance from the FTC.
To verify an online pharmacy visit our companion website VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health.
Understanding the Opioid Overdose Crisis in the United States
Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
View the fact sheet from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.