Navigation Links
Illegal Drugs Easy to Buy on the Internet, U.K. Study Finds
Date:5/25/2011

WEDNESDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- The Internet has put the world at people's fingertips, but in some cases it has also allowed banned or controlled substances to slip within their grasp, British researchers warn.

Their new study, published online May 19 in Drug Testing and Analysis, looked at so-called "legal highs," where certain drugs sold online contain ingredients other than those claimed and can be hazardous. These products are quickly becoming big business for manufacturers and suppliers, who market them toward recreational drug users.

"It is clear that consumers are buying products that they think contain specific substances, but that in reality the labels are unreliable indicators of the actual contents," Dr. Mark Baron, of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Lincoln in England, said in a news release from the journal's publisher.

Although these "legal highs" are often readily available for purchase on the Internet, they are potentially dangerous for consumers, the study authors pointed out. The investigators found that these drugs, sometimes marketed as bath salts or plant food, commonly contain controlled substances and are being sold illegally.

In investigating these drugs, Baron bought an array of pills from U.K. websites and analyzed their contents. Six out of seven products purchased did not contain the active ingredients advertised.

In fact, in five out of seven cases, the products actually contained a controlled substance combined with caffeine. Among them was benzylpiperazine, a stimulant drug that is illegal in the United States and can cause anxiety, increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate and blurred vision, among other side effects.

Although the United Kingdom and other governments have taken steps to crack down on these "legal highs," suppliers continue to market these drugs, side-stepping current regulations. As a result, Baron cautio
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Abortions generate $95 million a year for Polish doctors as women use illegal private sector
2. Illegal use of human growth hormone common among young male weightlifters
3. Fathers incarceration associated with elevated risks of marijuana and other illegal drug use
4. FDA to Take Up Major Enforcement Action Against Cosmetics Manufacturers With Illegal “Anti-Aging” Labeling Claims, According to FDAImports.com, LLC
5. Martin & Jones Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Major Employer, Claims Thousands of Visiting Nurses Illegally Denied Overtime Pay
6. CT angiography for low-risk heart patients leads to more drugs and tests without benefit
7. Younger Docs More Likely to Prescribe Drugs for Heart Disease: Study
8. Standard Heart Drugs Wont Ease Pulmonary Hypertension
9. Half of prostate cancers could potentially benefit from new type of cancer drugs, U-M study finds
10. Kids Taking ADHD Drugs at Low Risk for Heart Problems: Study
11. Younger doctors prescribe more drugs to reduce heart risk but offer less lifestyle advice
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Illegal Drugs Easy to Buy on the Internet, U.K. Study Finds
(Date:8/20/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 ... and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief ... study suggests. Just five out of 100,000 children a ... Heather Fullerton, lead author of the study and a professor ... Francisco Benioff Children,s Hospital. "It seems infections play a role ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter ... reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but ... women choose it. "The most common reasons women didn,t ... weren,t interested in more surgery or they were focused on ... of breast surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... A common approach to treating kidney failure by ... survival chances for people who suddenly developed the condition, ... of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. , Their findings, published ... acute hemodialysis, an aggressive method that is standardly used ... a definitive benefit to the patient. , "Our findings ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... approach to treating cancer - using Botox. A study ... Translational Medicine shows that cancer growth could be ... are linked to cancer stem cells. The approach thus ... treatment cheap, safe and efficient. The researchers have thus ... start testing on humans. , The nervous system is ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... waste products from the blood did not improve survival ... an analysis led by experts at the University ... findings, published online today in the journal PLOS ... is standardly used for people with sudden kidney failure, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids 2Health News:Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids 3Health News:Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study 2Health News:Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study 3Health News:Pitt analysis questions use of acute hemodialysis treatment 2Health News:Treating gastric cancer -- with Botox 2Health News:Pitt Analysis Questions Use of Acute Hemodialysis Treatment 2
... Pakistan Tuesday enhanced their cooperation in the crucial area ... polio and avian flu. // ,"The ... exchanged ideas on management of avian influenza," external affairs ... the first meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Commission technical-level ...
... over reports of malarial deaths in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district, the ... // , today urged the health department to step up ... at the earliest direct its medical teams to find out ... disease has afflicted several people in the district, JD(U) spokesman ...
... A recent study has revealed that the place of birth determines ... far lower life expectancy than those born in south east England ... city was found to be 69.3 it was found to be ... conducted the research and it has ranked the 10 best and ...
... insisted that hospital consultants who are not referring patients to ... concerns that the NTPF has only seen a fraction of ... ,NTPF chairman Pat O'Byrne commented that there was no ... months for a surgical procedure. ,"There's no doubt ...
... Boards (DHBs), striking junior doctors returned to hospital calling off their ... doctor's union - Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) and the DHBs met ... planned to meet on Thursday for confirming the results. ... lasted for 5 days. , ,But unfortunately last time ...
... Carolina have found that very few of the patients ... resulted due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such ... and management. ,Explaining that ideal care means ... the treatment guidelines for this condition and none of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Life Expectancy Determined by Place of Birth 2Health News:COPD Patients In US Are Not Receiving 'Ideal Care' 2
(Date:8/20/2014)... , Aug. 20, 2014 ApolloDx™ today announced ... platform during a special event at the company,s office ... on September 5, 2014. The event, which will start ... ApolloDx website, www.apollodx.com .    "We ... said Jared Bauer , Co-Founder and Managing Partner ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 2014 Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ:   TROV), a ... from two clinical studies will be presented at the ... diagnostic test for the detection of high risk strains ... to take place in Seattle ... Additionally, a new U.S. patent was issued earlier this ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... , August 20, 2014 ... Conducted in the US  KalVista Pharmaceuticals ("KalVista"), ... edema (DME), today announces that it has begun a ... plasma kallikrein inhibitor, KVD001, for the treatment of DME. ... of the Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center; Harvard ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Trovagene Provides Update on Its Urine-Based HPV Test 2Trovagene Provides Update on Its Urine-Based HPV Test 3KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 2KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 3KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 4
... announces that a new market research report is ... Degeneration Therapy Area Pipeline Report ... Therapy Area Pipeline Report contains detailed information on ... insight into the pipeline status of macular degeneration ...
... Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX ) announced today that it ... March 31, 2011 after the stock market closes on Thursday, ... and webcast to discuss the company,s earnings and other information ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100901/CG58147LOGO ) More ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Reportlinker Adds Macular Degeneration Therapy Area Pipeline Report 2Reportlinker Adds Macular Degeneration Therapy Area Pipeline Report 3Allscripts to Announce First Quarter 2011 Financial Results on May 5, 2011 2Allscripts to Announce First Quarter 2011 Financial Results on May 5, 2011 3Allscripts to Announce First Quarter 2011 Financial Results on May 5, 2011 4
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
Medicine Products: