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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Europol. (2017) Drugs and the darknet: perspectives for enforcement, research and policy. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 90 p.

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URL: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/darknet

This joint report prepared by the EMCDDA and Europol considers the latest findings from international research, fresh empirical data, and operational information and intelligence in order to illuminate how darknet markets function and how they relate to criminal behaviour. The publication adopts an EU focus of what is a global phenomenon. It is comprehensive but accessible and policy-oriented, intended to facilitate discussions at EU-level on how to respond to darknet drug markets, whilst identifying key priority areas that require attention and where activities are likely to have most impact.

Table of contents



◦Executive summary

◦Key concepts

◦Global phenomenom — EU focus

◦Law enforcement perspectives

◦Conclusion and recommendations



◦Annex 1

◦Annex 2


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Date:November 2017
Pages:90 p.
Publisher:Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Europol
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
Accession Number:HRB 5352 (Available), HRB 5353 (Available)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > CNS stimulants
B Substances > Cocaine
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Marketing and public relations (advertising) > Internet retailing (online sales / dark web)
N Communication, information and education > Information technology / Digital
VA Geographic area > International aspects
VA Geographic area > Europe

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