|Titre :||The Internet and lifestyle drugs: an analysis of demographic characteristics, methods, and motives of online purchasers of illicit lifestyle drugs in the Netherlands (2018)|
|Auteurs :||R. KOENRAADT ; K. VAN DE VEN|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (Vol.25, n°4, August 2018)|
|Article en page(s) :||345-355|
|Discipline :||MAR (Marchés / Markets)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEINTERNET ; ACHAT ; MEDICAMENTS ; DROGUES DE SYNTHESE ; MARCHE DE LA DROGUE ; ENQUETE ; MOTIVATION
Aims: The Internet has marked a revolution in the supply of illegal drugs, while at the same time, new types of illegal and semilegal drugs increasingly are becoming available. In order to deepen our understanding of the demand and supply of these new drugs on the Internet, this study focuses on the demographic characteristics, methods and preferences of people who purchase 'lifestyle drugs' through the surface web.
Methods: Data were obtained through the following two surveys: a prevalence study of 50,848 Dutch respondents and an in-depth study of 153 people who have purchased lifestyle drugs online.
Findings: At least 10.2% of the Dutch adult population has bought medicines online; the majority being lifestyle drugs (5.2%). In addition, an estimated 1.6% of the Dutch population has purchased medicines illicitly, with the majority of products concerning lifestyle drugs (0.9%). Illicit lifestyle drugs are primarily purchased through e-commerce sites and online pharmacies, and users report high satisfaction rates.
Conclusion: Purchasing lifestyle drugs is characterised by specific online dynamics, as the drugs are often openly accessible and the boundaries between legal and illegal sale blurred. As new types of drugs become available, it is important to further monitor customers' preferences and experiences.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The