Table ronde: From Illicit Drug Markets To Online Illicit Drug Markets: The Evolution Of Illicit Drug Markets

Illicit drug markets have seen many shifts over the past decades. Communication technologies have allowed closed markets to foster, reducing the risks associated with open-air drug markets. Globalization has led to an increase in the movement of illicit drugs across countries and continents on an ever-larger scale. An ever-increasing range of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) has also proliferated with the creation of cathinones, new benzodiazepines, and many new stimulant-based drugs. Perhaps even more transformative is the recent development of online illicit markets known as cryptomarkets. Cryptomarkets combine virtual currencies, anonymized Internet connections and automated feedback system to sell drugs online in a relatively secure environment. Drugs are shipped through the regular mail systems and are seldom intercepted by law enforcement of post office workers, thus creating a powerful new distribution channel for illicit drugs. The aim of this roundtable is to discuss the future of illicit drug markets by bringing together researchers that have studied traditional illicit drug markets as well as online illicit drug markets. Each participant will provide their own take on how illicit drug markets are likely to evolve over the next decade and the role that online markets will play during that period. Our participants include leading experts on traditional and online illicit drug markets as well as practitioners who have firsthand experience of illicit drug markets.

This content has been updated on 8 March 2017 at 9 h 11 min.