Use of the Internet to Obtain Drugs Without a Prescription Among Treatment-Involved Adolescents and Young Adults

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Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is common and poses risks such as injury, overdose, and development of abuse and dependence. Internet pharmacies offer prescription drugs without a prescription, creating a source of illicit drugs accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We examined this issue in a convenience sample of 1,860 adolescents and young adults from 24 residential and outpatient treatment programs. Few individuals obtained drugs from the Internet (N = 26, 2.3%). Pain relievers were the most frequently purchased type of drug. The majority of adolescents and young adult online purchasers made the purchases from their own or a friend's house. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

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This article was published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2016.

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