Deadly Prescriptions

Deadly Prescriptions

Crime Inc: Deadly Prescriptions
The illegal use of prescription drugs is big business for unscrupulous doctors and dealers around the country. CNBC's Crime Inc. goes inside America's secret epidemic.

Nearly 7 million Americans ages 12 and up are abusing prescription drugs each month, according to DEA figures from 2009. Who is the real culprit behind this rising epidemic — doctors, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, or the consumer? Retail sales of prescription drugs topped $300 billion in 2010 alone, and criminals are doing everything they can to get a piece of the market. Between bribed medical professionals and online "rogue pharmacies," powerful prescription medicines like Oxycodone and Vicodin are falling into the wrong hands — with tragic consequences. Crime Inc. and Carl Quintanilla take a hard look at the addiction that's spreading in America.

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About Crime Inc.: Deadly Prescriptions

  • It's America's secret epidemic. The illegal use of prescription drugs is big business for unscrupulous dealers and doctors around the country.

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  • Carl Quintanilla is an Emmy-winning reporter and co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," broadcast live from the NYSE.

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