Report calls for internet prescription crackdown

July 9, 2008 7:41:34 AM PDT
A new report is calling for a crackdown on some Internet pharmacies selling controlled prescription drugs on the Web.

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 159 sites are offering these drugs for sale. It says only two of them are certified as legitimate Internet pharmacy practice sites.

The center says 85 percent of the sites don't require a physician's prescription from the patient. What's more there are no controls on any of these sites blocking access by children.

The center says the availability of dangerous and addictive drugs on the Internet has enormous implications for public health, particularly the health of children.

The center is calling on Congress to intervene.