Former User Warns Of The Dangerous Loophole
A former drug user has revealed the ease at which he was able to get drugs delivered straight to his door. The 25-year-old named simply as Peter by news.com.au admitted his addiction to illicit drugs was made easier thanks to Australia Post.
The young user said he was initially deterred from buying drugs because he feared for his safety when meeting up with dealers on the street. Disturbingly, he said his drug addiction, which saw him using six days a week, was spurred on by his drug of choice's availability online.
'Initially I only got weed and I went to a dealer for that,' he told news.com.au.
'I also used to get a bit of ecstasy, and it was pretty easy to come by ... but you typically have to deal with some pretty sketchy people,' he continued.
'That was the most dangerous part ... I was always a bit skittish about buying on the street. Buying stuff on the internet, as a rookie, seemed far safer. There were reviews on the site (about the drugs),' he said.
Peter is not alone. He is one of a rising number of users who have admitted to using the ‘dark net’ to order drugs.
A Global Drug Survey showed 9.3 per cent of people had admitted to buying drugs online, a 2.2% rise from last year.
Peter said while the majority of drugs he purchased online came from Australia, some such as ayahuasca and saliva (a psychoactive plant that produces visions) came from overseas.
The Australian Federal Police said it was well aware of the method of obtaining illicit drugs and reminded users they are ‘committed to targeting and combating it.’
An AFP spokeswoman said while it wasn’t an offence to access the websites, it is to import or attempt to import illegal drugs.
“Although online stores are commonly based overseas, Australian importers of illegal goods are within the reach of the AFP’s powers, as the AFP can refer matters for investigation by overseas law enforcement counterparts,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
Australia Post said it lacked legal authority and technology to detect illegal drugs in the mail, but Customs were responsible for stopping a large number of imports.