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Rip-Off Alert: Beware drugs purchased outside U.S.

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 2/06/2013 6:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Buying prescription drugs outside the United States might be cheaper and more convenient. But there are serious risks that every consumer should keep in mind.

Nina Ossana discovered that her sister was taking large quantities of prescription drugs.

"My sister was a police officer and she had a very stressful job,” she said, “and she was taking prescription drugs."

They were obtained online and over the phone. Her sister took her own life, and Nina was determined to find out why.

"In the weeks after she died, I got 100,000 doses of these drugs,” she said. “There is no reason for anyone to have that many doses of any drugs.

"I had her cell phone and she would get 33 calls a day. The vendors would call and say I just sent your prescriptions, I just sent your drugs to you. Can I send you more?"

Nina discovered her sister was buying drugs from other countries.

"When you aren't buying it from a reputable source, I wondered, was there something else in the drugs,” Nina asked. “Was it really was it was supposed to be? Were there impurities? Did it cause her to commit suicide?"

Postal inspectors say buying drugs outside the U.S. is dangerous.

"Take the FDA approved drugs obtained from your doctor," said U.S. Postal Inspector Quiana Valentine.

Telemarketers allegedly lure customers with cheaper prices and convenience. The elderly, poor or those with an addiction are often easy prey. Always know what you're buying.

"Do not trust your health to these overseas vendors,” Valentine said. “We don't know the exactly what is in the pills, the potency, how they will interact with other drugs you're currently taking."

Postal inspectors and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are working together to trace the origin of these packages Nina's sister received.

"What I want is for no other family and friend to have to go through what I went through with my sister," Nina said.
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