ScienceDaily (May 14, 2011) — Increasing access to rogue online pharmacies -- those which dispense medications without a doctor's prescription -- may be an important factor behind the rapid increase in the abuse of prescription drugs. In a report that was released May 12 online by the journal Health Affairs and will also appear in its June edition, investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Southern California (USC) find that states with the greatest expansion in high-speed Internet access from 2000 to 2007 also had the largest increase in admissions for treatment of prescription drug abuse.
Makes sense really, but researchers just love to prove what logic tells you. Prescription drug abuse is directly related to the availability of those drugs. Back in the old days, when you actually had to visit a doctor if you wanted a legal controlled substance, things were so much more complicated. Nowadays, when legal controlled substances are actually illegal (who knows what those Canadian pharmacies are actually sending out), it's so much simpler to go online for whatever pushes your button. And they're seeing the results in the hospitals.
You can read more about the study here: