Oklahoma, Nebraska press Google to stop ads for illegal products
WASHINGTON, (REUTERS) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Tuesday joined Mississippi in pressuring Google Inc to crack down on Internet advertisements for drugs, including powerful painkillers, that are sold without a prescription, and other counterfeit products.
In a letter sent to Google, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt complained about Google's practice of placing before some YouTube videos advertisements for pharmacies willing to sell percocet and oxycontin without a prescription.
Oxycontin and percocet are powerful painkillers that are hot sellers on the black market.
The videos also advertise guides on how to forge passports and drivers licenses in addition to offering counterfeit merchandise, the letter said.