- Fans just discovered Lizzo’s old YouTube channel–and it’s full of gems 6 Years Ago
- The ‘Final Destination’ movies are now streaming on Hulu Today 2:44 PM
- Marvel asked ‘Maus’ author to remove Trump reference from essay–he refused Today 2:02 PM
- Counselors reportedly pressured to share private info about Facebook moderators Today 1:20 PM
- Barstool Sports founder under investigation for anti-union tweets Today 12:34 PM
- Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’ is now streaming on Hulu Today 12:19 PM
- How an Instagram feud led to the death of 9-year-old girl Today 11:08 AM
- A scarier ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ extended director’s cut is coming to Blu-ray Today 9:15 AM
- The 9 best podcasts for kids that entertain and educate Today 8:00 AM
- Swipe This! Why does my BFF get more likes on Instagram than me? Today 6:00 AM
- The 25 Tom Cruise movies that are essential viewing Today 6:00 AM
- No, that guy didn’t really fly alone on a Delta flight Saturday 4:31 PM
- Fans are paying to meet their favorite YouTubers online through pilot program Saturday 2:54 PM
- Behold: 12 straight hours of ‘Stranger Things” Alexei drinking a Slurpee Saturday 2:05 PM
- Influencer couple under fire for using holy water to splash genitals in Bali Saturday 1:29 PM
From the street to Silk Road, prescription downers cost the same
A new study found the street value and strength of prescription opioids to be comparable to what’s found in online black markets.
Silk Road, the online black market, offers prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and morphine, at almost exactly the same price as what’s found on the street, according to research recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Finding reliable data about black market drugs has always been difficult. This research sheds some light on Silk Road’s viability and shows that the crowd can be a reliable way to answer the age old question: Just how much should I be paying for a single 30 milligram Adderall pill? (Answer: $5.)
“Street prices of diverted prescription opioids can provide an indicator of drug availability, demand, and abuse potential,” the authors wrote.
The researchers solicitied information from three primary sources in early 2012: the crowdsourcing site StreetRx.com (which recorded 954 responses); law enforcement officers in the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS) System (737 reports), a prescription drug abuse and diversion system “that collects timely product-and geographically-specific data”; and actual transaction prices on Silk Road (147 reports), which is accessible only through encrypted Web browswer Tor. The researchers found the prices to be “nearly identical” from all three sources.
The black market, the crowd, and the cops were also able to “accurately predict the relative pharmacologic potency of opioid molecules,” writes Chris Menone, one of the paper’s authors.
Photo by Be.Futureproof/Flickr
Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.