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Amazon's illegal market for prescription drugs

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You can find just about anything on Amazon these days: books, clothing, lawnmowers, baby strollers and even prescription drugs.

Physician and journalist Ford Vox recently discovered the extent of Amazon's marketplace for illegally sold drugs. It was delivered to his front door in the form of a prescription skin cream his wife inadvertently ordered.

While the federal government has gone after similar websites for selling controlled substances found on Amazon — such as certain forms of anabolic steroids — these drugs continue to pop up on Amazon marketplaces with seeming impunity, Vox writes in a piece for Slate