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The article "FedEx May Face Charges on Illegal Drug Shipments" (July 8) raises serious concerns about privacy. Many people use online pharmacies to obtain medications that they cannot afford, either because of their health insurance restrictions or their lack of health insurance. If the Drug Enforcement Agency wants to stop sales of medication from U.S. "narcotics mills," then why are their records not subpoenaed by a federal grand jury and the offenders prosecuted? If the sources are foreign, then confiscate the merchandise as would happen with Cuban cigars.

I think we are sliding further down the slippery slope if we start opening packages. Is our mail next? I remember, starting during World War II, when letters from employees at Los Alamos and other restricted operations were routinely reviewed; however, there was a war going on and everybody understood that this was a condition for employment.

Two other thoughts come to mind. First, if people are inclined to abuse drugs, then I would sooner have them buy them from an online pharmacy than a dealer on the street from whom they would have to pay so much money that they are forced to steal, etc. A lot of people are in jail because they stole to feed their habit. Second, is it possible that this push to crush the mail-order drug business is less to protect drug-abusing citizens and more to protect the pharmaceutical industry by eliminating competition?

DAVID L. WALLACH
Peters


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