In today's "just when you think it can't get any worse" feature, DEA agents are now seizing counterfeit Adderall pills that contain pure methamphetamine. Although Mexican drug cartels are blamed for making these pills to get young people addicted to meth, the ultimate blame falls on DEA policies. What a mess.
A dietary supplement spiked with a real prescription drug? Big deal. But one spiked with six different drugs? We're talking some serious effort here. If you're curious why there are six drugs present in a bottle that is supposed to be "natural" and "drug-free," you should be. Welcome to the world of dietary supplements.
Counterfeit drugs are readily available online. Indeed, a nonprofit group has found that 94 percent of drugs bought over the web were fake, substandard or toxic. So do yourself a favor: Don't buy drugs online, period.
According to the World Health Organization, a counterfeit medicine is one which is deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity, composition and/or source. This definition of counterfeits includes not only completely fake drugs, but also those that have been tampered with, adulterated, diluted, repackaged or relabeled so as to misrepresent the dosage, origin or expiration date, as well as substandard drugs that were cheaply produced in order to make unlawful profit.