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    Tales from the Dark Web: illicit drugs, bitcoins, and social media

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    I recently came across an article that caught my eye with the headline “Digitally Accessed Illicit Drugs.” My first thought was, “You can get high from a computer program?” which was quickly followed by, “Do my kids know about this?”

    In case you were not aware, I am (gasp) middle-aged and very sober. I thought you got recreational drugs from a friend who used drugs, the creepy guy on the street corner who sells drugs, or a parent’s medicine cabinet.

    Previously from Dr. Schroeder-Swartz: How patient care resembles parenting

    Given that I buy as much stuff as possible from Amazon, I was naive to think that you couldn’t buy drugs on the Internet. I thought I had to worry about only bullying, cyberstalking, pornography, viruses, malware, and killers on Craigslist.

    I was wrong.

    So, I thought I would share what I learned about obtaining digitally accessible drugs, and what drugs are commonly obtained over the Internet.

    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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