Abusers of medical drugs in China are getting access to supplies from vendors who use e-commerce sites. Photo: AP
Abusers of medical drugs in China are getting access to supplies from vendors who use e-commerce sites. Photo: AP

How China’s opioid addicts get their drugs from an online black market

  • Beijing has some of the world’s tightest narcotics regulations, but sellers are using legitimate e-commerce channels to meet demand
  • Online vendors of drugs use partial names, slang, and photos of socks, plants and ceiling lamps to disguise their goods

Abusers of medical drugs in China are getting access to supplies from vendors who use e-commerce sites. Photo: AP
Abusers of medical drugs in China are getting access to supplies from vendors who use e-commerce sites. Photo: AP
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