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A new study says that people who use the deep web to buy illegal drugs are more likely to commit crimes, according to a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study, which looked at data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), was led by Dr. Christopher W. Moseley of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published today by PLOS One.
Researchers asked respondents to complete surveys that included questions about their drug habits.
They also included questions related to the use of illegal drugs, including how often they used and sold them, how often, how much, and where they bought them.
The results showed that respondents who reported frequent drug use had a greater likelihood of committing a crime, the researchers found.
They also found that respondents were more likely than other people to report having used illegal drugs in the past, even though they did not report drug use at all.
The researchers also found a link between the use and sale of illegal drug and crime rates.
“This study shows the link between illicit drug use and crime and the drug use patterns of people who are high on the illicit drug market,” Dr. Mosedley said in a statement.
“Drug use patterns are a major driver of criminal activity and public health concerns, and the study suggests that the criminal justice system could benefit from better understanding the illicit market to target those who are most at risk.”
He added that it’s important to keep in mind that illicit drug users are more than just criminals.
“The findings suggest that illicit use and illegal drug use are connected,” Dr Mosely said.
“In other words, the relationship between illicit use, crime, and illegal use could have implications for policy and policing in many other areas of public health.”
The researchers found that drug users with a high risk of drug use in the survey reported more than twice the number of criminal charges than those who did not.
They were also more likely at some point in their lives to have a felony conviction, according the study.
The paper is one of the first to investigate the link.
In 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration proposed an anti-trafficking law that would allow the agency to target and prosecute those who use drugs to profit from them.
The DEA previously reported that drug use is a significant driver of drug-related crimes.
The law has been criticized for not making it easier for law enforcement to track drug traffickers.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that nearly 15 million people in the U.S. are currently incarcerated for drug-traffic related offenses.