The internet and drug markets —summary of results from an EMCDDA Trendspotter study

Series type: Technical reports


The speed with which the Internet is transforming drug markets poses a major challenge to law enforcement, public health, research and monitoring agencies. This study aims to raise understanding of the current online supply of drugs and to map the range of Internet markets in existence.

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Table of contents

  • Rationale and methods
  • Social media and drug markets
  • Legal highs, research chemicals, trade sites
  • Online sales of medicines and illicit supply
  • Anonymous online drug marketplaces
  • Trafficking and supply reduction challenges
  • Discussion and analysis
  • Drivers of change
  • Threats, opportunities, challenges
  • New trends
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Glossary