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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 started initially to ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl simply because they believe that it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
Major World market darkweb operators have stopped selling the high-strength painkiller due to the sheer amount of fatalities which were associated with it, Vince O'Brien, one of many NCA's leads on drugs, has claimed.
Fentanyl can be around 100 times stronger than heroin and can quickly cause accidental overdoses.
It is 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 have "de-listed" the substance because selling a drug so commonly linked with fatalities was more likely 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 improve the risk to them. You can find marketplaces that'll not accept listings for weapons and explosives – those are those who won't accept listings for fentanyl. Clearly, police 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's also drug users on the dark web who say on forums that they don't really think it's right that folks are selling fentanyl because it is dangerous and kills plenty of people."
In the US, the substance has replaced heroin in lots of major drug markets, resulting in a spike in overdose deaths: significantly more than 29,000 last year.
Mr O'Brien stated that the NCA is dealing with US police force agencies to avoid the UK from undergoing an identical epidemic.
He said: "We are working closely with international partners in terms of how 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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