Shopping for drugs on darknet marketplaces is growing despite authorities’ concerted efforts to shut them down, according to a new survey.
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The Darknet Lives
The Global Drug Survey 2016 (GDS) reports that almost one in 10 participants (9.3 percent) have purchased drugs on the internet at least once — up from 6.7 percent in 2015 and 4.5 percent in 2014.
Over 101,000 people from over 50 countries participated in the GDS, which claims to be the world’s largest annual survey of its kind.
The most commonly-purchased drugs online are cannabis, MDMA, LSD and more exotic substances such as 2C-B and DMT are the most commonly-bought drugs.
One figure bound to prick up public policy ears: 5 percent of survey respondents claimed they had not consumed drugs prior to accessing them through darknet markets (DNMs).
This fact suggests that DNMs are creating new markets for drugs, as well as serving existing ones — and that efforts to stop them are probably futile.
About the Global Drug Survey
The Global Drug Survey is an independent research organization with an international team of 40 researchers in 30 countries. It studies drug user behavior from the perspective of public health and harm reduction.