In Pennsylvania there has been a big drug bust. The online pharmacy netted 1.4 million dollars in illegally selling prescription drugs.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pharmacist Stephen L. Marks had reportedly been warned to stop illegally selling prescription painkillers and diet drugs online by agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. However, he reportedly ignored those warnings, according to the Patriot-News.
The DEA took issue with Marks’ business because his online pharmacy was sending drugs to people who did not have valid prescriptions for the medication.
Federal prosecutors said that not only did Marks not heed the warnings but also lied to DEA and FBI agents, as well as representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
All of these things have lead to Marks’ indictment in U.S. Middle District Court on charges of conspiring to distribute controlled medications, distributing misbranded drugs, lying to federal agents and money laundering.
Authorities say that the illegal online pharmacy netted Marks $1.4 million, reports the news source.
Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem all over the United States and online pharmacies aren’t making the fight any easier. Running an operation to be able to give addicts the drugs they crave can lead to death among the user.
Drug Addiction Treatment has seen an increase in students that are addicted to prescription drugs or ones that started taking prescription drugs and then turned to the more well known street drugs.