Internet Monitoring & Surveillance Data

Surveillance of Internet discussion on specific products is a sensitive method for evaluating the early reaction of prescription drug abusers to a new product, and is useful in predicting future abuse potential. Internet communications related to drug abuse are increasingly considered an important source of "leading edge" data. Internet communities and Internet forums (also called "message boards") exist for those who use a variety of drugs recreationally.

These Internet forums present an uncensored, real-time window into the sentiment expressed by those who post about using pharmaceutical products for recreational purposes. The Internet is an ideal medium for prescription drug abusers to communicate with each other, offering their ideas and beliefs, discussing trends and preferences, and providing education to others about non-medical drug use. Discussion on these websites regarding prescription pain relievers may reflect the consensus by this population of abusers on the desirability for abuse of specific prescription products.

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