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Pedersen, Max and Peacock, Amy and Sutherland, Rachel and Bruno, Raimondo and Barrett, Monica and Man, Nicola (2021) Trends in the availability and type of drugs sold on the internet via cryptomarkets, May 2020 - May 2021. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Drug Trends Bulletin.

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Key findings:

  • From 1st May 2020 to 31st May 2021, 14 cryptomarkets were monitored weekly, of which 11 were active at the end of the reporting period.
  • All of the three monitored cryptomarkets that closed during 1st May 2020-31st May 2021 had ceased operation before 31st January 2021, i.e. before the end of the reporting period for the last Bulletin.
  • There was an average of 70,332 drug listings per weekly scrape in May 2021, representing a 126% increase in listings as compared to April 2021 (n=31,063), and a 7% decrease in listings as compared to May 2020 (n=75,617).
  • This increase is largely attributable to the new monitoring of seven existing cryptomarkets during May 2021. Further investigation suggested these seven markets were operating from since February-July 2020 (but not captured in our monitoring), and thus caution is recommended for comparison between April and May 2021.
  • In the last week of monitoring in May 2021, White House Market, Dark0de Market and ToRReZ Market were the three biggest cryptomarkets accounting for 74% of the observed drug listings.
  • The greatest market share of drugs listed on the cryptomarkets from May 2021 to May 2020 was held by cannabis (29%), followed by MDMA (12%), cocaine (9%), benzodiazepines (8%), meth/amphetamine (illicit) (6%), and LSD (6%).
  • The market share of cannabis showed the biggest percentage increase from 25% in May 2020 to 29% in May 2021. The biggest percentage decreases in market share were observed for MDMA (13% in May 2020 to 9% in May 2021), and for opioids (excluding heroin) (7% in May 2020 to 3% in May 2021).
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Inhalents and solvents, Opioid, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Prevention, Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Screening / Assessment
Source
Date
21 July 2021
Identification #
Drug Trends Bulletin
Pages
15 p.
Publisher
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Place of Publication
Sydney
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