Deadly Prescriptions: Crime Inc.—The Underground Economy (Enhanced DVD)

Deadly Prescriptions: Crime Inc.—The Underground Economy (Enhanced DVD)
Develop an understanding of the rampant underground world of prescription drug trade through this CNBC program that explores illegal drug enterprises and addiction in America.
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The underground world of prescription drug trade and abuse has grown in recent years. According to 2009 DEA figures, nearly seven million America over the age of 12 are abusing prescription drugs each month. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that prescription drug misuse, either intentional or unintentional, is the leading cause of fatal overdoses. In 2010, retail prescription drug sales were $300 billion. This has not gone unnoticed by illegal drug enterprises who are now seeking to capitalize on the growing trend in the marketplace. This hard hitting CNBC program leads viewers on a journey to discover the nature and efforts of these illegal prescription drug entities and the key players who work within them. From disreputable online pharmacies to easily bribed medical professionals, potent prescription medicines are being obtained without appropriate medical oversight throughout the US. Drugs such as Oxycodone and Vicodin can produce tragic results if they are not administered responsibly. Also profiled are examples of prescription drug addiction from the front lines across America and the toll the drug abuse has on users. Not available in French-speaking Canada. A part of the series Crime Inc.: The Underground Economy. (44 minutes)

Deadly Prescriptions: Crime Inc. - The Underground Economy
• Enhanced DVD
• ISBN: 978-1-62102-401-9
• Run Time: 44 Minutes
• Copyright Date: 2011
• CC
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Prescription drug sales in the retail industry topped $300 billion in 2010. Criminals want their share of this gigantic market. This program by CNBC looks at illegal operations that are spreading suffering and addiction across the United States. Viewers learn how bribed medical providers, online illegal pharmacies, and drug dealers put powerful and addictive medications like Vicodin and Oxycodone into the wrong hands.
Over 7 million Americans aged 12 or older abuse prescription medications every month according to figures from the DEA. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that misused prescriptions are a major cause of fatal overdoses throughout the world. This program is not available in French speaking Canada. A part of the series Crime Inc: The Underground Economy. (44 minutes)


Segments in this video include:
  • Americaís Secret Epidemic Ė Over 48 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and they are the second most commonly abused drug next to marijuana. They kill approximately 26,000 people every year. Gil Kerlikowske is a drug czar who makes prescription drug abuse one of the top priorities.
  • Pills are Taken for Granted Ė In many cases, prescription drug abuse goes unreported. Pain medication abuse is rising. Experts discuss pharmaceutical responsibility, and one company stops making 160 mg tablets of OxyContin because of the potential for abuse.
  • Over 900 Pain Clinics in Florida Ė Florida is one of the biggest areas of prescription drug abuse. There are over 100 pain clinics alone in Broward County. Trying to find out which doctors are corrupt is difficult. William Herwitz is found guilty of 50 counts of drug trafficking.
  • Watching Pill Mills Ė Jack Riley questions the ethical principles of doctors who overprescribe pain meds. Experts watch local pill mills using surveillance as well as their frequent customers.


    Deadly Prescriptions: Crime Inc.óThe Underground Economy
  • Enhanced DVD
  • ISBN: 978-1-62102-401-9
  • Run Time: 44 Minutes
  • Copyright Date: 2011
  • CC
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