Buying prescription drugs illegally over the Internet is on the rise in the United States, according to witnesses testifying before a Senate panel yesterday.

The number of rogue Web sites selling prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Ritalin has increased for three straight years, according to a new report released yesterday by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and discussed at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
The report also found 581 Internet sites advertising prescription-drug knockoffs in 2007 compared with 342 sites last year.

By Gregory Lopes
17 May 2007

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