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Drugs and the Internet


Van Buskirk, J and Roxburgh, A and Bruno, RB and Burns, L, Drugs and the Internet, Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Australia, 5 (2014) [Contract Report]

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To date the availability of illicit drugs in Australia has largely been examined through household surveys and interviews with people who use drugs; indicators such as drug seizures and arrests; and analyses of hospital admissions and drug-related deaths. Over the past decade there has been an increasing awareness and interest in online marketplaces as a source for discussion about and purchase of drugs (Walsh, 2011). The advent of the Silk Road in 2011, as an online marketplace, broadened out the availability of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and other more conventional illicit substances (such as cannabis and MDMA). After the closure of the Silk Road in October 2013, multiple new marketplaces emerged to take its place (Van Buskirk, Roxburgh, Farrell, & Burns, 2014). The closure of Silk Road 2.0 and a large international law enforcement operation in November 2014 (dubbed Operation Onymous) have seen major changes in remaining dark net marketplaces. In addition to this, threats such as hacking attacks and exit scams continue to cause disarray in dark net markets.

This bulletin is the fifth in a series by Drug Trends that provides analysis of trends over time in the availability and type of substances sold via the internet to Australia. The current bulletin reports for the time period January 2015 to June 2015.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:illicit drugs; internet; darknet
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Other psychology
Research Field:Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, RB (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:106542
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-02-13
Last Modified:2016-02-22

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