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The international narcotics watchdog wants governments to shut down unlicensed Internet pharmacies, to control the growing threat of Internet drug trafficking. The international narcotics watchdog wants governments to shut down unlicensed Internet pharmacies, to control the growing threat of Internet drug trafficking. “Several billion of doses of medicine are sold illicitly on the Internet per year, posing potentially fatal health risks to customers,” said a statement released by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

The INCB says that illicit cyber sales and the smuggling of pharmaceuticals containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances by mail, is increasing steadily and now constitute the vast majority of sales of illicitly operating Internet pharmacies.

Unlicensed Internet pharmacies routinely sell narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances without mandatory prescriptions.

These include substances with a high potential of abuse, such as certain opioids like oxycodone, stimulants (amphetamines) and benzodiazepines (e.g. alprazolam and diazepam), as well as substances with possibly fatal health risks when consumed without ad