Drug market trends of cocaine, ATS and NPS: 2022

Constituting the fourth part of the World Drug Report 2022, this booklet focuses on the market dynamics of various stimulants – cocaine, amphetamines and “ecstasy” – and of NPS. Read more

Digital localisation in an illicit market space: interactional creation of a psychedelic assemblage in a darknet community of exchange

Sociology of drugs and digital sociology—albeit for different reasons—need the analysis of interactions, an approach underdeveloped in current scholarship. The researchers address this gap by providing a specific analytical framework for the analysis of digital interactions which enables an ethnomethodological account of micro-interactional dynamics within a cryptomarket: an anonymous darknet market of  illicit drugs. Read more

Online Black-Markets: An Investigation of a Digital Infrastructure in the Dark

This paper investigates the functioning of Online Black-Markets (OBMs), i.e. a digital infrastructure operating in the Dark Net that enables the exchange of illegal goods such as drugs, weapons and fake digital identities. Read more

A qualitative investigation exploring why dance festivals are risky environments for drug use and potential adverse outcomes

Dance festivals have been shown to be high-risk events for use of drugs such as ecstasy/MDMA and possible adverse effects associated with use. However, few studies have examined what makes festivals such risky environments. This research aimed to determine festival-specific risk factors for adverse outcomes related to drug use. Read more

Information sought, information shared

Exploring performance and image enhancing drug user-facilitated harm reduction information in online forums. Read more

Monitoring drug trends in the digital environment: New methods, challenges and the opportunities provided by automated approaches

Developments in information technology have impacted on all areas of modern life and in particular facilitated the growth of globalisation in commerce and communication. Within the drugs area this means that both drugs discourse and drug markets have become increasingly digitally enabled. In response to this, new methods are being developed that attempt to research and monitor the digital environment. Read more

Technologies for Opioid Use Disorder Management: Mobile App Search and Scoping Review

Advances in technology engender the investigation of technological solutions to opioid use disorder (OUD). However, in comparison to chronic disease management, the application of mobile health (mHealth) to OUD has been limited. Read more

Use of mobile phones to buy and sell illicit drugs in Australia

This study explores how police detainees in Australia use mobile phones within the illicit drug market. Read more

Treatment, prevention and harm reduction interventions for different forms of ATS use

Correlation-European Harm Reduction Network has prepared a briefing paper on treatment, prevention and harm reduction interventions for different forms of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) use. You can read this document AT THIS LINK.