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.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. For examples, check the FDA’s Flickr account of photos of illegal products.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 this investigation by the Boston Globe and Stat News. Tips to avoid this scam: Better Business Bureau offers these tips to help you or your loved one begin the treatment and recovery process:Be skeptical. Beware of any product making claims like “miracle cure” or “fast results - guaranteed.” Many of these treatments that make these bold promises are not FDA-approved. Opioid dependence is a serious issue and takes time and effort to address; it won’t happen overnight.Find help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a referral and information service. Consumers can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit SAMHSA.gov. All information is confidential and free.Check with a doctor. Before taking any dietary supplement, ask a health provider about the product’s scientific evidence, side effects, and interactions with other medication. Learn more on FDA.gov.Research with BBB. Visit BBB.org to view the company’s BBB Business Profile. Business Profiles include contact information, complaint history, and customer reviews. Read the details to learn more about previous customers’ experiences.Report questionable claims. Contact your local BBB or the FTC if you discover any misleading or deceptive advertising. Consumers can also report these ads to the FTC.For more Information: For more details about this scam, read the FTC and FDA warning about treatment scams. Check out the FDA’s tips on finding treatment help and to see the warning letters. To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/scamtracker). To protect yourself from all kinds of scams, visit the BBB Scam Tips page (BBB.org/scamtips). Stay up on the latest scams by subscribing to BBB Scam Alerts emails.Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky contributed to this article.