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New EMCDDA trendspotter study explores online supply of drugs

Lisbon, 30.01.2015 (Fact sheet 3/2015)

 

The speed with which the Internet is transforming drug markets poses a major challenge to law enforcement, public health, research and monitoring agencies.

This is according to The Internet and drug markets, the latest ‘trendspotter’ study from the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) released today. The study aims to raise understanding of the current online supply of drugs and to map the range of Internet markets in existence.

The study kicked off with data collection and a literature review in September 2014 and culminated in an expert meeting in Lisbon from 30–31 October.
Insights were provided from the fields of IT, research, monitoring and law enforcement and from the perspectives of Internet and drug users.
 
A special focus was placed on:
 
* The online sale of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and medicinal products for illicit use;
* The role of social media and apps;
* Drug sales on the ‘deep web’ (inaccessible via standard web browsers).
 
The study report can be found online.