Drugs on the darknet: Assessing the global health risks of a rapidly expanding market
Buying illegal drugs through the internet captured the public imagination after the emergence of Silk Road in 2011. Silk Road, and its successors that followed, provides a means to purchase illicit drugs online and have them delivered via parcel post.
These online markets are known as ‘cryptomarkets’ because they rely upon encryption technologies: anonymising networks (Tor) and virtual currencies (Bitcoin). Relatively high rates of participation in cryptomarkets have been reported in Australia.