February 29th, 2012
Social media used to sell drugs to youth, report says
By Fredrik Dahl and Adrian Croft
Illegal “Internet pharmacies” are using social media to market drugs to young people, an international report said on Tuesday.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors the implementation of U.N. drug control conventions, said illicit drugs as well as prescription medicines were being ordered online from such unscrupulous operations.
“Disturbingly, illegal Internet pharmacies have started to use social media to publicize their websites, which can put large audiences at risk of dangerous products,” INCB President Hamid Ghodse said in a statement accompanying its 2011 report.
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