Mexican Drug Cartels Now Trafficking Prescription Painkillers

Mexican drug cartels have depended on sales of illicit drugs like cocaine, marijuana and heroin for their profits. According to federal authorities, an increasing number of Mexican drug traffickers are now dealing in prescription drugs. These traffickers are forming "Pharma-Cartels" and focusing on selling highly addictive prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin to customers in the U.S. The cartels are diverting prescription painkillers from hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices in the U.S. and selling them on pharmacy websites and in pain clinics and pharmacies in Mexican border towns. Drugs that are sold by the cartels over the Internet are advertised on Twitter and with popup ads. Some cartels are also creating counterfeit pills, often in unsanitary makeshift labs in rundown apartments. NBC San Diego recently reported that the U.S. Attorney's office has brought charges against more than 25 suspected prescription drug traffickers from Mexico since 2009. Some of those who were prosecuted were webmasters who ran pharmaceutical websites as well as couriers, pharmacy workers and one doctor. Preventing These…

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