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2018-03-08 / Business

Beware of fake opioid treatments, BBB warns

The Better Business Bureau is cautioning the public about scammers capitalizing on the opioid epidemic by marketing phony treatments. The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to companies that deceptively advertise these treatments.

According to the BBB, the scam begins with 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.

The BBB says trying one of these “cures” may seem harmless, but it wastes more than time and money.

To avoid this scam, the BBB recommends people beware of any product making claims such as “miracle cure” or “fast results — guaranteed.” Many of these treatments that make these bold promises are not FDA-approved. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a referral and information service. Consumers can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit SAMHSA.gov for confidential and free information, the BBB said.

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