Drugs and the Internet: Update
Apr 22, 2016
The National Drug and Alcohol Research and Education Centre (NDARC) has published the sixth edition of their "Drug and New Technologies" bulletin. In this paper, the authors actively monitored 18 online drug marketplaces which operate in the "Dark Net" (encrypted online environment). The authors observed significant volatility within online drug marketplaces, including large markets closing suddenly, and smaller drug markets struggling to cope with demand. The most common substances available on the online drug markets included cannabis, pharmaceuticals, MDMA, cocaine and methamphetamine, with a slight decline in popularity of novel psychoactive substances.