Key findings from this year’s Global Drug Survey show startling trends in drug use, and especially drug purchasing habits across the globe.
The image of the drug dealer lingering on the street corner patiently waiting for customers could soon be a thing of the past: drug users are increasingly turning to online shopping baskets for their next fix. In fact, more people are now shopping on the dark net for illicit substances. In the UK alone, 58% of drug users shopped online for Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
In just a year, worldwide purchases of illicit substances on the dark net rose from 4.5% to 6.7%. More alarming, 5% of respondents have never consumed drugs before being introduced to the dark net, suggesting that the ease of purchasing something illegal without the fear of being caught in the street makes the experience more appealing.
Finally, these results also prove that there is no need for Money in physical form such as banknotes and coins. More for illicit commerce to flourish, contrary to what some of its opponents like to assert.
To read the key findings from the Global Drug Survey, please click here.