EU: Virtual markets — changing the dynamics of how drugs are bought and sold


"How do online drug markets function? What technologies do they use? How do they relate to the traditional drug market? How can they be monitored and controlled? Today the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) unravels some of the complexities of these questions in a new report: The internet and drug markets"

See the article: Virtual markets — changing the dynamics of how drugs are bought and sold (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction press release, pdf)

And see: How The Dark Net Is Making Drug Purchases Safer By Eliminating Associated Violence And Improving Quality (Techdirt, link): "The new report comes from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which is funded by the European Union, and, as usual, is accompanied by an official comment from the relevant EU commissioner. Unfortunately, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, trots out the usual unthinking reaction to drug sales that has made the long-running and totally futile "war on drugs" one of the most destructive and counterproductive policies ever devised"

Full report: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction: The internet and drugs markets (pdf)

 

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