New Study: US DEA’s Tough Stance Increased Darknet Drug Sales

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A new study confirms that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s decision to regulate prescription drugs like opioid painkillers made it challenging for users to obtain even necessary pills from a local pharmacy. Now, according to the report, due to the increase in online drug traffic of opioids through the darknet marketplaces, crackdowns are taking place on the legal establishments too.

The rise in mortality rates have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, and 40% of all deaths involve opioid prescription medicine, which is fundamentally utilized for pain relief, and consequently can lead to addiction.

The opioid addiction crisis in the United States forced the Drug Enforcement Administration on October 6, 2014, to change opioid drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and even fentanyl to a more restrictive category, to schedule II drugs. This development now limits the prescription of the pills by the doctor and the accessibility of the drug by the patients.

The adjustments to schedule II drugs means more constraints because it possesses a higher potential for abuse. This modification implies that users require a medical prescription that states they cannot refill without a newer prescription. Moreover, medical practitioners must keep detailed records.

Such restrictions are why individuals are flocking to the dark web to find their drugs. Moreover, due to the simplicity of its use with cryptocurrency such as using a bitcoin wallet, most constraints are thereby lifted.

According to Newsweek, James Martin, an associate professor of criminology at the Swinburne University of Technology said, “what we are seeing now is not a spike. This is not a momentary crisis, what we are experiencing is just a constant preserved increase.”

With web crawler software, Researchers collated darknet sales analyses for prescription drugs containing oxycodone with other drugs as well as prohibited opioids from 31 different darknet marketplaces from September 2013 to July 2016.

They discovered a subset of individuals who use opioids after deserting their doctors by frequenting the darknet marketplaces.

There are lots of impediments to this research and it’s hard to identify the correct measure of narcotics that users are presently ordering from the darknet. However, they assumed that there were more requests from individuals who did not leave any review. It’s likewise conceivable to distort information about where drugs are transported from. Moreover, they do not know what number of doses were in each request, or how substantial those pills were.

This 2018 Darknet opioid research adds to a developing body of confirmation demonstrating those increased limitations on opioid medications can have unexpected and destructive results. For instance, another review reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons that medical practitioners were offering higher amounts of opioids per patient since the modifications to the law. Although, the aggregate of the prescriptions plunged a little.

“It’s sort of basic knowledge, yet in the event that you cut out a legitimate supply you give [people] access to opportunities on the darknet marketplaces,” asserted James Martin.

According to the United States Department of Justice, opioids abuse is the number one priority in fighting darknet drug traffic.

With the arrest and guilty plea of the French darknet drug trafficker OxyMonster recently, as well as a commitment to stopping fentanyl overdoses before they even begin, the Justice Department is working closely with many agencies to prevent this new opioid epidemic from exploding.

“The demand for opioids in the United States will diminish sustainably when amazing proof-based prevention and treatment programs are actualized, subsidized, and accessible,” the Justice Department reported.

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