So is Buying Prescription Drugs Online Illegal? - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

So is Buying Prescription Drugs Online Illegal?

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:44:56 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.More >>
    Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.More >>
  • Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:23:39 GMT
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. More >>
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>

Wednesday night, 9 News reported on a number of arrests made in the past several days by local law enforcement officers who work with a federal drug task force.  Now we have more information about a problem that is rapidly growing and coming under more and more scrunity.

You can find dozens of Internet pharmacies doing business online. Some ask a few medical questions and then send you what you have ordered. Phentermine, an amphetamine based drug which is very popular as a diet pill, is one of the controlled substances that can be ordered. A number of buyers of this drug and others have been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

An affidavit of probable cause for one of the arrests did point out the Internet pharmacies and doctors involved are not licensed in Louisiana. Other than that, little effort is being made to determine if what the pharmacies are doing is illegal. And according to prominent local attorney Lewis Unglesby, there may be some question about whether those arrested have violated any law.

Unglesby says, "The drugs are legal, you start with that. They are legal drugs so there's nothing wrong with people possessing the drugs. In the absence of any evidence they are re-selling them or acting like a medical facility or pharmacy and distributing them... then I don't see how they're breaking any law."

There is a lot of debate right now about whether the pharmacies or the buyers are breaking any state or federal laws and, if so, what those laws are. The local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Attorney's office are not at this time involved in the arrests that have been made. The arrests are strictly local. That is not to say the federal agencies may not at some point take a much closer look at those so-called Internet or online pharmacies.  And it may be sooner than later.

So what about people who want to legally use these online pharmacies, can they do that?  Yes, they can, but they need to be careful. We would strongly suggest that you get information such as can be found on the DEA Department of Justice website. You can also click on the link above to the Office of Diversion Control which might be a helpful source.

Reporter:  Paul Gates

Powered by WorldNow