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Global Drug Survey: 60% of drugs are bought online in UK

Categories : Cash is trust
September 12, 2016
Tags : Anonymity, Card payments, Consumers
The 2016 edition of the Global Drug Survey show an alarming growth in online purchases of illegal drugs.
Communication Team / Equipo de Comunicación

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 cash 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