COVID-19 Leads to Rise in Digital Drug Trade

COVID-19 Leads to Rise in Digital Drug Trade

( – The nation’s war on drugs has undergone various changes since the launch of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in 1980. The recent rise of Big Tech companies, and the internet in general, have opened up new opportunities for criminals to expand the drug trade.

Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, spoke out about mounting concerns the COVID-19 pandemic “is pushing drug criminals online” during the online launch of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s 2021 drugs report.

As she explained, drug dealers have moved operations “from the streets onto social media.” They are also taking advantage of encrypted messaging services to arrange delivery to customers using home delivery companies.

With international travel curtailed, drug cartels had no choice but to adapt their smuggling operations to suit the times. Of particular concern is the fact they may continue the practice post-pandemic, creating an ongoing problem for law enforcement agencies.

This development has the potential to change the drug market permanently. As one expert noted, it’s “more resilient than ever.”

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