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[OC] Drug Popularity on /r/DarkNetMarkets

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I expected ketamine to be more popular.

Also it seems crazy to me that anyone would buy crack over the internet.

Yea, some people are nuts. A few dollars of grocery baking soda is enough for a lifetime of home made crack.

Ketamine is very hard to find , dealers which are mainly from China do not ship from their country because it is very risky .

3 points · 6 months ago

That was my first thought too.

Ketamine is awesome

-5 points · 6 months ago(9 children)

If used responsibly ketamine can be only beneficial.

No. Using responsibly would greatly improve the cost-benefit over non-responsible use. It doesn't mean your risk goes to literally zero, nor that the only possible outcome is to benefit.

2 points · 6 months ago

Now, I don't have a source for this, but don't some people have a problem with it? Like, using only a small amount will bring on the bladder problems commonly associated with ketamine? I saw it on a Reddit post, so I'm not sure if I should believe it. But then again, you are but a Reddit comment, so I'm not sure I should believe you.

I fucking love ketamine

I did ketamine therapy prescribed by a doctor. No bladder problems.

Isn’t it used by some doctors to help treat depression in small doses?

Yes. I underwent two weeks of ketamine therapy prescribed by a doctor in a clinic. My main healthcare provider has a ketamine clinic in another state, and they are hoping to have one in my city within 2 years. It’s absolutely legitimate.

-1 points · 6 months ago

Lol doctors prescribe dangerous shit all the time. You ever try Adderall? That shit is literally speed. I was addicted to it for years, and they prescribe it to children.

Plenty of anti-depressants will cause physical addiction, among other problems, and will often be prescribed just to see if they work.

They prescribe it to children who need it for ADHD purposes in doses of around 5mg, far below a dangerous threshold. I’m not denying that many antidepressants are addictive or have abusive potential, I was simply stating that it was a relatively new method being tried in order to help alleviate depressive symptoms. The abuse potential is also why they don’t give ketamine prescriptions, but instead administer it in a practice. I’m not saying it’s good, and I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just another method that has apparently seen pretty decent feedback from patients. I can see where it can go south, but if someone is going so far as to seek out ketamine to alleviate depression, it can be asserted that the doctor would make sure that the patient is in full understanding of the risks involved of attempting this. I can see where you’re coming from, and yes, many substances used to treat diseases can be abused (see adderall), but in a medical setting, and as long as you’re following prescription doses (complete with weaning program if need be), it could be a potential new option in depression treatment.

Oh im not denying it's good for depression treatment, I'm just being a dick.

I do believe Adderall is very over prescribed though. Maybe not to kids, but middle school and beyond Adderall is extremely abundant and many people abuse/sell it. I feel we are still in the dark ages of mental health treatment and drugs like jetamine/mdma could help us enter a more civilized era.

I can agree with the overprescription issues facing the US on many fronts, it’s a huge problem especially now. I hope though that the situation will improve with the new research that’s coming out. I need to do some more reading on the mdma studies, but they seem to have really hopeful results so far, especially related to ptsd.

Did you know that crack has a racist history? It was typically bought by black people because it was a cheaper form of cocaine, and it was given something like a 100x stronger jail sentence.

9 points · 6 months ago

One of these is not labeled.

Orange one near the bottom.

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Original Poster15 points · 6 months ago

Good catch! It looks like that is supposed to be GHB or gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, and it makes up 1.63% of total mentions.

That makes sense. I’ve seen a lot of listings for GHB.

The data collected is impressive, and I'm glad you did it.

The presentation is a pie chart, which I think is a cardinal sin, here.

I guess I would have liked to see them ordered somehow, or presented in a way to easily see the relative popularity of the drugs.

And having them grouped by type would have been nice, too. I don't know drug types well enough, but I'd expect that, maybe, "uppers", "downers", or "opium derivatives" or similar groups might be interesting.

As it is, what I get from this chart is the MDMA, LSD, Cocaine, and maybe marijuana are fairly popular on DarkNetMarkets.

I agree. The Data is splendid, and the question asked is totally interesting. But the Viz is not up to par with the other two. Colors are repeated but for no logical "grouping" reason(it made me think MDMA and Marijuana had something to do with each other). I think the author, who is clearly clever, could have come up with a better eay of displaying the data. Really cool work, though.

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Original Poster7 points · 6 months ago

I analyzed ~2,000,000 /r/DarkNetMarkets comments/posts, and counted the occurrences of DEA Drug Slang/Code Words to visualize the most popular substances being discussed on the forum.

If anyone is interested in the data surrounding the visualization. I was able to grab the comment/post data from the Reddit Bigquery Dataset published by /u/Stuck_In_the_Matrix

DEA Drug Slang Words were grabbed using OCR on the DEA Resource Center PDF Handout and compiled into JSON

Python was used for interacting with all of the datasets, and the visualization was created using Chart.js

Great work! That's really interesting!

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Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

Thank you so much!

Also, awesome work with the Reddit BigQuery data set! I've been using it a ton over the past few days!

I'm glad you are finding cool uses for it. My goal when I first started the project was to give people such as yourself access to a ton of data to do cool analysis like you have done.

Also, I have just recently released December Reddit comments and submissions. Let me know if you have any ideas / suggestions / etc.

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I think you might have used too many of all of the drugs..

-3 points · 6 months ago

LSD and MDMA shouldn't be illegal in any country. Regardless of graph, they both posses some type of healing potential and has been known for quite a while.

It's ironic that some user have to resorts to these methods of access when it should be made available and at each other's risks.

It's sad really is what it is.

$ > health for the people holding those pattens.

Wtf if anything economies gain money due to large taxes that would be put upon it. U make less sense than an insect candle attached to a porcupine's toe

I h8 patten holdrs

Wtf if anything economies gain money due to large taxes that would be put upon it. U make less sense than an insect candle attached to a porcupine's toe

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