Acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in Ambien, has a high toxicity, but is relatively inexpensive and relatively easy to purchase online, according to a post by the Acetamid Research Institute (ARI) on the blockchain.
The researchers say that, with the help of a few clicks, it can be purchased for as little as $0.50 on CryptoCoins.com.
“Our research showed that, given the price of the drug and the lack of regulatory oversight, buying on CryptoCoin is the most efficient way to purchase it, according ARI,” they wrote.
The company has a list of approved products on its website, and it also provides a list on its blog of its approved brands.
It notes that there is a $20 minimum order for each prescription, but that it will work with consumers to arrange the best price possible.
“We encourage people to make their own orders to help them get the best deal,” the company wrote.
In an interview with CoinDesk, ARI’s co-founder and CEO, Thomas Bloch, said that, in the past, the company had been approached by people who were buying the drug in bulk, but were unable to find a buyer because the pharmacy could not meet their requirements.
But the price for Ambien has fallen in the last couple of years, he said.
“There’s definitely a lot of demand for the drug, and they’re able to negotiate the lowest prices,” he said, adding that the company would continue to work with pharmacists to find the best deals for patients.