Hydrocodone is a highly addictive opioid that is used to treat serious pain. Some legitimate pharmacies sell prescription drugs via the internet, but far more fake pharmacies offer the drug online.
Some of these scam sites offer hydrocodone at incredibly cheap prices.
They may advertise “cyber doctors” that can write a prescription on the spot. Online prescriptions are meaningless, both in terms of determining your actual need for a drug and in protecting you from legal penalties.
Buying hydrocodone from a fake pharmacy is incredibly dangerous. There is no accountability for these scam sites, so it’s likely you may not receive any product or that the drug you do receive is cut with other dangerous substances.
What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic and potent narcotic. It is used to treat moderate to severely moderate pain, and it can cause significant physical dependence, even in legitimate users, if used for more than a few weeks.
You should never abuse opioids, especially one as powerful as hydrocodone. Hydrocodone can slow or even stop your breathing altogether if taken improperly. This risk is worsened when it is taken with other drugs.
If you abuse hydrocodone, addiction can form very quickly.
Can You Buy Hydrocodone Online?
Hydrocodone is a popular drug for sale at “online pharmacies, “as reported by Managing Director Robert J. Cramer of the Office of Special Investigation with the General Accounting Office (GAO) to the U.S. Senate, in a 2004 transcript. Noted in the testimony:
- Hydrocodone was easily obtainable online.
- Customers had minimal barriers to acquire hydrocodone. At most, they had to fill out a short survey about their need for the drug and possibly had to speak on the phone with a representative to discuss why the drugs were being purchased.
- Despite what these online pharmacies claimed, they did not require a legitimate prescription or enough details from customers to possibly deem it safe or medically necessary to send the customer the drug.
Though this was in 2004, many such sites still exist. Remember that regardless of how legitimate a site may appear, if you are purchasing prescription drugs without needing a prescription, you are committing a crime (as is the seller).
Online prescriptions are almost universally illegitimate. You must be physically examined by a doctor to determine if your pain warrants something as strong as an opioid painkiller.
While it is possible to purchase hydrocodone online, it is a bad idea and illegal. In addition to legal penalties, you run the risk of receiving contaminated or fake drugs that put you at risk for serious physical harm.
The above testimony states that these illegal sites sold hydrocodone for a higher price than it goes for legitimately. This was taken as a sign that both the seller and most consumers know that what they are doing is illegal. The markup helped to justify the risk of the crime and took advantage of the cravings of the consumer.
In other instances, scam pharmacies will offer hydrocodone at incredibly low prices. This is usually a sign that the drug is fake.
Once you enter the world of black-market purchases, nothing is guaranteed.
While corporations are not immune to acts of greed or negligence, their legal businesses are regulated. Criminal businesses obviously bypass regulations.
A site claiming to sell hydrocodone could send you anything or nothing at all. If you don’t receive any products or if the product you do receive is something else entirely, you have no legal recourse.
“Dirty” drugs are also a risk when buying from a criminal dealer, both online and in person. Drugs may be cut with cheaper materials, not be the purchased drug. You can’t trust a fake pharmacy to give you what is advertised.
“Dealers may cut hydrocodone with fentanyl, which has resulted in higher rates of fatal overdose across the U.S. Fentanyl is a much more potent opioid than hydrocodone, so the chance of overdose is high if you purchase hydrocodone that has been cut with it.”
Risk of Addiction
Opioid addiction is notoriously difficult. The best way to avoid becoming addicted is never to start abusing the drugs in the first place. Only take opioids, like hydrocodone, if they are legitimately prescribed by a doctor, and only take them according to the prescribed instructions.
Don’t buy hydrocodone online from scam pharmacies. If you do, you are willfully bypassing licensed doctors and regulations to get drugs you have not been prescribed. You expose yourself to the dangers of opioid abuse, the risks of ingesting an unknown drug with unpredictable properties or being scammed out of your money.