I think it’s a terrible tragedy for anyone in society to be left in a situation where they cannot afford the medication they need to survive.
However, we have all heard the stories of the costs of American medicine.
Even though you get probably the best medical care in the world, the reality is that a large amount of people just cannot afford treatment that would otherwise save their lives.
In their desperation, many have started to turn to the now widely publicized Dark Net drug markets for their much needed treatments.
In the foreground of this story, is a man named Mike, who lost his father to Leukemia, and whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer just ten years later.
When his father was sick, Mike had urged him to travel to France, so that he could avail of affordable generic drugs, which were available at a fraction of the cost of their American counterparts, which were outside of Mike’s financial reach.
However, his father stubbornly refused, and died some months later.
The world changed quite a lot in the following ten years, however, and when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Mike was determined that he was going to do all he could to provide her with the medication she needed.
Even though his 75 year old mother had health insurance, it only covered 80% of the costs.
After she had to undergo a double mastectomy, along with radiation treatments and a medication regime, the costs started to increase, $170,000 in total, according to Mike.
This meant he had to pay $34,000 in out of pocket costs.
Fearing that the day would come when he was no longer able to afford the medication, Mike turned to other sources to see what was out there.
“When my father was ill, we knew things were out there, but we didn’t have access to them,” he said, “The Internet being what it is, you just have to poke around a little bit and you’ll find all kinds of things.
If there is something that’s available online that may be of utility for her, then you go ahead and try it.”
And so it came to be that Mike joined the thousands of Americans who have turned to the Dark Net in search of medication.
“The U.S. medical establishment really seems to be more about cancer as a business versus a holistic treatment, treating the entire human being,” Mike said of his mother’s care.
“Some of the generics that she had been on, in the U.S. it’d be a $27,000- or $28,000-a-year prescription.
You look at what you can do online and you get the same thing for about $1,800 to $2,000 per year.
It’s 90 percent savings.”
Vocativ traced down Manmohan Singh who runs a Dark Net pharmacy, an Indian pharmacist, who opened his first pharmacy back in 1981, yet became a millionaire thanks to the Internet.
He sells medication that is approved in India on his Dark Net site Got Milk.
“The world came to us and said, ‘Help us, we are going broke and dying,’” Singh says.
“We answered their call and filled their demand.”
His international sales are growing, and around 10 percent of his customers are U.S. Army veterans, some of whom purchase anti-depressants and other drugs to help manage PTSD.
While Singh may be a Dark Net legit vendor, the reality is that many won’t be, and faulty medication can kill you. Yet the insane costs of medication continue to drive patients to the Dark Net in search of affordable medication.
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