Tech Companies Deflect Blame for Opioid Crisis Ahead of FDA Summit

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and roughly a dozen other tech companies will gather with academics, lobbyists, and government officials Wednesday for a summit hosted by the Food and Drug Administration. The goal of the summit, according to the FDA, is to get tech leaders to “discuss ways to collaboratively take stronger action” against the spread of illicit opioids online.…
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A Top Dark Web Drug Ring Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

Until a few weeks ago, sinmed was one of the largest drug vendors at Dream Market, the foremost dark web bazaar. It took in millions of dollars shipping fentanyl-laced heroin, methamphetamines, and hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets across the US—until the New York district attorney’s office shut it down, and arrested the three men who allegedly ran it.…
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The Silk Road’s Alleged Right-Hand Man Will Finally Face a US Court

It was even Variety Jones—or perhaps, Clark—who invented the Dread Pirate Roberts handle that Ulbricht would use on the Silk Road starting in early 2012. In an IM chat that surfaced during the original Silk Road trial, Ulbricht had told Jones that he’d admitted to running the site to his ex-girlfriend, and to a college friend who’d helped him with the site’s programming.…
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Darknet Sales of Opioids Jump After Prescription Restrictions Increase

Increased regulation of opioid painkillers finds some users having a hard time getting their drugs from their doctors. Now, according to researchers, they’re turning to the darknet to get their supply instead. On October 6, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration changed the designation of opioid painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl.…
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