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A short history of darknet markets and the impact of disruptions along the way

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The intersection of drugs and the internet is not a new thing. People have been sharing their thoughts about drugs – the fun aspects, adverse effects, harm reduction messages – for many years. The offering of substances for sale online is also not new. There are many websites that list pharmaceutical drugs for sale without a prescription. What is more recent is the advent of secure and encrypted online (‘darknet’) marketplaces that are only accessible via anonymising software such as The Onion Router (TOR). Amanda Roxburgh gives an overview of the rise and fall of the darknet's largest marketplaces over time.

Estimating survival times in heroin overdose – we can save more lives

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Opioids make the largest contribution to illicit drug-related death, and overdose is the leading cause. One important issue in terms of response is the time between the last use of heroin and death. Is there time to intervene, or are such deaths so rapid as to make intervention impossible? Professor Shane Darke says there is time to save lives.

The absorption of recovery in English drug policy

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In both Australia and England, there have been challenges to established ways of treating people who have problems with drugs. Treatment, it has been claimed, does not do enough to help people ‘recover’ from drug dependence. In both countries, people who run the treatment system have had to respond to this challenge. In England, this has involved ‘absorption’. 

A novel service for homeless people with severe and intractable alcohol dependence

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NDARC Professor Kate Dolan reports on her experiences investigating Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) in the United Kingdom and Canada. Managed Alcohol Programs (MAP) are a novel service for homeless people with severe and intractable alcohol dependence where clients receive a regulated amount of alcohol at set times.
 
 

Why addiction isn't a disease but instead the result of 'deep learning'

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This feature article on neuroscientist Marc Lewis and his new book discusses his theory that callenges the modern-day concensus on drug dependence as a brain disease, arguing that in "in reality it is a complex cultural, social, psychological and biological phenomenon" as NDARC Professor Alison Ritter describes.