Inadequate access to opioid addiction treatment programs has led to a thriving black market for Suboxone, the drug that helps patients overcome their addiction, experts tell The Wall Street Journal.
More than 36,000 doctors are certified in the United States to prescribe Suboxone and other buprenorphine-based medications. Until last year, those doctors were limited to prescribing the drugs to 100 patients each. Last year, the Obama Administration increased that number to 275, and began allowing physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe the drugs.
Full story of Suboxone thriving on the black market at drugfree.org
Thirteen drug distribution companies knew or should have known that hundreds of millions of prescription narcotic pills were ending up on the black market, according to an investigation by The Washington Post. These distribution companies ship drugs from manufacturers to consumers.
The findings come from court records, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) documents and legal settlements. Some distributors saw signs of illegal activity and continued to send drugs to suspicious pain clinics or pharmacies anyway, the article notes.
Full story of drug distributors and pills on the black market at drugfree.org