Drug dealers rediscover behavioral market analysis

❝ Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency has said.

They are “delisting” the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it alongside mass-casualty firearms and explosives as commodities that are considered too high-risk to trade. Fentanyl can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin and can easily cause accidental overdoses, particularly when mixed with heroin.

❝ Vince O’Brien, one of the NCA’s leads on drugs…[says] that dark web marketplace operators appeared to have made a commercial decision, because selling a drug that could lead to fatalities was more likely to prompt attention from police.

It is the first known instance of these types of operators moving to effectively ban a drug.

RTFA. I don’t expect junkies to have beaucoup decision smarts. Anyone else, please don’t go experimenting with instant death – smiling or otherwise.