Combating drug harm with education has long formed part of darknet history.
It strives to grow along with the rise of online black markets like the Silk Road, the first ever and largest drug platform from which others have mostly sprung out of even after its shutdown.
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The team did a massive security overhaul on the site to try and make it more secure and anonymous.
Buyers and sellers of illicit substances remained anonymous through utilizing Tor-hidden marketplaces such as the original Silk Road.
The drug trade in Finland has significantly moved a large part online, just like how the drug situation has evolved in various parts of the globe.
One Finnish charity aims to extend its operations into the dark web, in the light of helping people by providing addiction support and prevention.
With the help of IT specialists, the A-Clinic Foundation has now found its way into the Tor hidden network.
Tackling Addiction with Harm Reduction
Finnish media reports of the non-profit’s plan to launch a project dubbed “Muunto” which means “transformation.”
The A-Clinic registered charity founded back in 1955, offering treatment and rehab services for substance abuse prevention and expert services for other psychosocial problems, publicly announced plans to carry out this program for two years.
The foundation is has been working on finding up-to-date methods of making their services available to drug users.
Their harm reduction initiative offers anonymous contact and confidential e-services to Tor users to receive help from their team of experts on addiction.
The non-governmental organization currently has over 800 employees who abide by the guiding principles of respect for human dignity, tolerance, responsibility, and confidentiality.
A-Clinic tells how their presence is in no way paternalistic nor keeping watch.
Program coordinator Miina Kajos add that they try and approach people as equals as much as possible, and the outcome is desirable so far with very positive interactions from Tor users.
Their primary aim is to gain understanding directly from those who buy online, and from the drug dealers who sell there.
Successful contact would greatly help them identify patterns of drug abuse and effectively come up with ways of addressing it.
They are also exploring the viability of Finland’s first ever anonymous psychoactive substance laboratory testing service.
The harm reduction service follows the footsteps of the popular Dr. X. It’s been unraveled that Ross Ulbricht paid this doctor $500 per week to provide medical advice to users, even if this meant telling a person to ultimately quit using drugs.
Who’s Doctor X?
Dr. X came to be known beyond his popularity on the Silk Road for the services he offered.
Unlike almost everybody else, DoctorX revealed his real identity on a Silk Road forum right from the start since early 2013 and started giving free professional advice to drug users since then.
Doctor X, as he called himself, is Spanish Physician Dr. Fernando Caudevilla.
He explicitly expressed his wishes to contribute to the Silk Road forum and even referenced his CV in a link to his personal website.
A user wrote on the Silk Road 2.0 forum how amazing Dr. X is and that he’s a gift with invaluable knowledge he shares and how he never comes with any judgment.
Counting five months of purely volunteer work, Caudevilla eventually let Dread Pirate Roberts know that time commitment in keeping up with both the Silk Road forum and users has become too great to handle.
This was when the Silk Road creator offered him the generous weekly paycheck, an offer which Caudevilla accepted and took in bitcoin. They had bigger plans too such as a drug-testing project to ensure only safe and non-toxic substances were sold on Silk Road.
What presiding U.S. District Court Judge handling the Silk Road case, Katherine Forrest, has called Dr. X – someone who’s “particularly despicable” and “irresponsible,” is up to people to contemplate upon.