Scammers are capitalizing on the opioid epidemic by marketing phony treatment options to the estimated 2 million opioid addicts in the United States. Trying one of these “cures” may seem harmless, but it’s more than just a waste of time and money. Using products with unsubstantiated claims can prevent those addicted to opioids from seeking treatments that are safe and effective.
Here is how this scam works: you see an ad for a product that claims to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms. Many of these phony products claim to be a “miracle cure” with “guaranteed” results. Many brands stress that their pills are “all natural,” “organic” and contain vitamins and herbs.
Phony dietary supplements are by no means the only scams to prey on the opioid epidemic. Scams involving phony treatment centers and insurance fraud are also becoming widespread, as described in several investigative reports.
Tips to avoid this scam:
Better Business Bureau offers these tips to help you or your loved one begin the treatment and recovery process:
For more details about this scam, read the FDA warnings about treatment scams at www.fda.gov. To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/scamtracker). You can also research ways to protect yourself from all kinds of scams by visiting BBB.org.
Kelvin Collins is President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor, serving 77 counties in East Alabama, West Georgia, Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, East Georgia and Western South Carolina. This tips column is provided through the local BBB and the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The Better Business Bureau sets standards for ethical business behavior, monitors compliance and helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses. Questions or complaints about a specific company or charity should be referred directly to the BBB at Phone: 1-800-763-4222, Web site: www.bbb.org or E-mail: email@example.com