Increased Opioid Regulation Leads to Growing Illegal Sales Online

Not surprisingly, there has been a significant increase in the sales of opioids over the darknet since regulations for these medications were tightened by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2014.

In a recent Newsweek article, associate professor of criminology at Swineburn University of Technology and study author James Martin said: “We’re not seeing a ‘spike.' This isn’t a temporary up and down. We’re seeing a permanent sustained increase.” Martin goes on to say, that cutting off the supply side isn’t a smart way to address the opiate addiction crisis in America. “It’s kind of common knowledge, but if you cut off a legal supply you open up opportunities for black markets."

You can read the entire Newsweek article here:

DARKNET SALES OF OPIOIDS JUMP AFTER PRESCRIPTION RESTRICTIONS INCREASE
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  • I'm sure they have risen... Many people feeling desperate as their prescriptions are cut. I agree that cutting supply is not a wise way to address the epidemic.
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