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Francine Haight found her son Ryan dead in his bedroom. He overdosed on drugs he had bought online. (Fred Greaves - For The Washington Post)
 Video: Overdosing Online.

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Prescription Drugs Sold South of the Border: Millions of Americans seek inexpensive prescription drugs in Mexican pharmacies. Competition among Mexican "farmacias" has increased and U.S. Customs inspectors are on the front lines of an effort to control the influx of controlled substances prescriptions.

Overdosing Online: Francine Haight of Laguna Niguel, Calif., talks about the death of her son, Ryan, who died of a prescription drug overdose on Feb. 12, 2001. Without seeing a doctor, Ryan Haight son obtained prescriptions online for hydrocodone and other controlled substances and had them delivered to the family's home for recreational use.
Reporters Mary Pat Flaherty and Gil Gaul Discusses their series on prescription drugs. (MSNBC)
Flaherty discusses the internet's popularity as a pharmaceutical pipeline (MSNBC)

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Attorney Robert Penezic discussed the purchase of drugs on the Internet.
Message Boards

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How Drugs Get to You
The New Narcotics Pipeline
Main Street Mark-Ups
Case Files: Drs. Bryson, Dale and Opsahl
Counting Counterfeits
Finding the Fakes
Cross-Border Drugs

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New Jersey Board of Consumer Affairs vs. The Pillbox Pharmacy, Ernesto Cantu M.D., et al.
Texas Complaint Against Ernesto Cantu.
Search Warrant and Affidavit for Search of Ernesto Cantu's Residence
Arrest Report and Plea of Ernesto Cantu.
Consent Agreement and Order for Surrender of License, Allen L. Browne
Recommendation to Revoke Medical License of David L. Bryson.
Final Order Revoking Medical License of David L. Bryson.
June 5, 2002, Deposition of Marvin Gibbs.
Feb. 12, 2003, Deposition of Marvin Gibbs.
Application for Pharmacy License for Prescriptiononline.com
Florida Indictment of Michael Carlow and 17 Others for Fraud and Racketeering
Nevada State Board of Pharmacy v. Prescriptiononline.com et.al.: Notice of Intended Action and Accusation
Letters Exchanged Between the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and Sherwood N. Cook, Attorney for Prescriptiononline.com
Stipluation and Agreement Between Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and Prescriptiononline.com
Warrant for the Seizure of Robert W. Sutton's Bank Account
Fine and Permit Revocation of Pharmaceuticals Southwest Inc. by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

_____About This Series_____
The series identifying and documenting the shadow market for prescription drugs resulted from a yearlong investigation by two Washington Post reporters that included more than 500 interviews and the analysis of 100,000 pages of court filings, regulatory cases, investigative reports and computer records. Read More....
Part 1:
A Vast, Unregulated Shadow Market

Prescription Drug System Under Attack
Americans once had the world's safest system for distributing prescription drugs, but now that system is undercut by a growing illegal trade in pharmaceuticals.
 Clan Led From Riches to Prison
 Higher Prices, More Compromises
 Md. Salesman Fell Into Shadow
 Web Only: Profits in Market's Flaws


Part 2:
How the Internet Became a Pipeline for Deadly Drugs

Internet Trafficking in Narcotics Has Surged
The Internet has become a pipeline for narcotics and other deadly drugs. Customers can pick from a vast array of painkillers, antidepressants, stimulants and steroids with few controls and virtually no medical monitoring.
 Internet Case Studies
 Web Only: Couple's Internet Ride Ends Behind Bars
 First Day's Stories


Part 3:
Dangerous Doctors Online

Doctors Medicate Strangers on Web
Across America, doctors beset by troubled histories work for rogue Internet pharmacies, grinding out tens of thousands of prescriptions each year for narcotics and other controlled substances.
 Experimentation Turns Deadly
 Web Doctor Says He Did No Harm
 Victim Profiles
 Web Only:Internet Doctor Awaits Sentencing
 Video: Overdosing Online


Part 4 :
The Shadow Market & Counterfeit Drugs

Criminals Invade the Supply Chain
At a time when more Americans are relying on medication, their chances of receiving a drug that is fake, diluted or mislabeled has never been so great.
 Medicaid Is Start of Drug Resale Trail
 Nevada Gets Tough, With Mixed Results


Part 5:
Our Porous Borders With Mexico and Canada

Millions Look Outside U.S. for Drugs
Mexico, Canada and other countries have become the discount pharmacies for many Americans, those looking simply to save money as well as the uninsured struggling to pay for their medications.
 Canada Used as Discount Pharmacy
 Video: Drugs Sold South of Border
 Web Only:Border Cases




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