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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2006 Apr;30(3):271-4.

Knowledge and use of the internet as a source of controlled substances.

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  • 1Seabrook House, P.O. Box 5055, Seabrook, NJ 08302, USA. sgordon@seabrookhouse.org

Abstract

Despite growing evidence that the internet is a source of controlled substances for nonmedical use, there is a lack of information about who is using it to obtain these drugs. One hundred adult drug-dependent inpatients in a private residential treatment program participated in a semistructured interview regarding how they obtained their drugs. Twenty-nine percent reported knowledge of the internet as a source of drugs, and 11% reported that they had used the internet to either buy drugs or locate a drug dealer. The results of this preliminary study suggest that the internet has become a source of controlled substances for some addicted individuals. Considerations for future research and clinical practice are described.

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