Dilaudid is available only with a valid prescription through licit channels. It can be safely purchased through an online pharmacy that is verified and certified if you have a legitimate prescription.
There are also a lot of illicit online sources selling Dilaudid, whether or not the purchaser has a prescription. AARP warns that there are close to 40,000 rogue pharmacies selling what they are passing off as prescription drugs on the internet. Many of these companies are based in foreign countries. Often, the drugs they are marketing are not actually what they are purported to be. Often, the drugs they are marketing are not actually what they are purported to be. If you take counterfeit or laced Dilaudid, you could experience a range of serious side effects, including overdose.
What is Dilaudid?
Prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, Dilaudid is a brand-name drug containing the potent opioid hydromorphone.
Opioid drugs are commonly diverted and misused for the euphoric and mellowing high they can produce. They are also highly addictive, which can cause a person to try and obtain more of them after prescriptions run out. They then continue to use opioids after there is no longer a medical need for them.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) published that nearly 7 million Americans misused a prescription opioid drug in 2016.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that hydromorphone is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance because of its high rate of abuse and extreme addictive potential.
Concerns About Buying Meds Online
Several risks are associated with buying meds online. Among them are:
- It can be hard to know who the seller is and where the drug might be coming from.
- When you buy a controlled substance like Dilaudid online, it may come from a rogue company based in another country. Importing controlled substances into the U.S. is illegal and a felony offense.
- Buying a prescription drug like Dilaudid without a valid prescription is illegal and can result in jail time. Suspicious packages may be seized.
- It is impossible to know that the product you are buying is exactly what it says it is. The drug may not actually be Dilaudid, or it may contain other substances in addition to hydromorphone.
The FBI tells consumers to only buy drugs online from sources that are reputable and marked with a seal of approval called the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS).
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) hosts a directory of safe and verified online pharmacies that you can purchase prescription medications from with a valid prescription. When buying Dilaudid online, use one of these safe sites.
The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) warns that the majority of online retailers marketing pharmaceutical products (96 percent) do not stick to legal requirements. Most are deemed unsafe and will often sell to people without prescriptions.
While it is possible to find sites selling Dilaudid illegally through mainstream search engines, many of the sellers are found underground on the dark web.
Risks of Counterfeit Drugs
With unregulated online pharmacies and distributors of Dilaudid, you can never be sure what is in the drug you are buying. Illicit drug dealers may cut the product with other drugs or substances like rat poison, sugars, starches, or salts. The dosage may then not be right, as the purity of the drug can impact potency and how it will work.
Dilaudid that is purchased online may contain less or more hydromorphone than it is supposed to. It may contain other drugs like fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid drug. Stimulants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine may also be found in counterfeit prescription pills.
These substances can trigger toxic interactions and lead to a possibly life-threatening overdose.
Expanding technology has enhanced access to these potentially dangerous and highly addictive drugs.
The Best Way To Stay Safe
The FDA warns that drugs purchased online may be counterfeit, expired, contaminated, and unsafe.
Buying Dilaudid online increases the risk for overdose as well as adverse reactions to whatever may have been added or used to cut the drug. While a test kit can help you to potentially identify the potency and purity of the drug you are buying, these kits are only available to test for certain substances.
It’s safer to only obtain Dilaudid from your local pharmacy with a valid prescription. Purchasing it online is too risky when you don’t know the validity of the source.