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Buyer motives for sourcing illegal drugs from 'drop-off' delivery dealers

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Research indicates that drug dealing organised as “drop-off delivery services” (Salinas, 2018, p. 233) is increasing in popularity. Based on the assumption that drug market developments are fuelled by supply-side as well as demand-side processes, this paper draws on 28 interviews with drug users in Denmark to explore user motivations for purchasing drugs from delivery dealers, as well as related barriers and experiences of risks. The key findings are that the buyers primarily source mainstream drugs such as cannabis and cocaine from delivery dealers, and that their preference for delivery dealers is based on easy access to these dealers, the speed with which drugs can be obtained, and experiences of transactional ease and convenience. Having drugs delivered to their doorstep, however, also entails new anxieties and risks for buyers. These include concerns about potentially violent or criminal dealers knowing where one lives, and threats of stigmatisation stemming from decreased abilities to keep one’s drug purchasing hidden from neighbours.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy? Explanations for drug use and drug dealing in social drug research
EditorsZsuzsa Kaló, Julie Tieberghien, Dirk J. Korf
Number of pages14
PublisherPabst Science Publishers
Publication year2019
ISBN (print)978-3-95853-537
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95853-538-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Drug markets, delivery services, drug dealing, buyer perspectives

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