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Dark web drug dealers are choosing to ban deadly fentanyl, National Crime Agency says
Drug suppliers on the dark web have voluntarily began to ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because they believe that it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
Major operators have stopped selling the high-strength painkiller because of the sheer amount of fatalities that have been connected to it, Vince O'Brien, World market onion among the NCA's leads on drugs, has claimed.
Fentanyl can be as much as 100 times more powerful than heroin and can easily cause accidental overdoses.
It's believed to possess killed around 160 people in the UK since it had been introduced here from the US some 18 months ago.
Now Mr O'Brien said several dealing websites appeared to possess "de-listed" the substance because selling a drug so commonly related to fatalities was more prone to see them investigated by police and law enforcement.
He told the Observer: "If they've got people selling very high-risk commodities then it's going to increase the chance to them. You can find marketplaces that'll not accept listings for weapons and explosives – those are those who will not accept listings for fentanyl. Clearly, police force would prioritise the supply of weapons, explosives and fentanyl over, for example, class C drugs – and that might well be why they do this.
"There are also drug users on the dark web who say on forums that they do not think it's right that people are available fentanyl because it's dangerous and kills lots of people."
In the US, the substance has replaced heroin in lots of major drug markets, leading to a spike in overdose deaths: significantly more than 29,000 last year.
Mr O'Brien said that the NCA is working with US law enforcement agencies to prevent the UK from undergoing the same epidemic.
He said: "We work closely with international partners with regards to the way the threat developed there. It's an emerging new drug, a threat we're taken very seriously as a result of what happened in the US.
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