Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

Now, when Snapchat users search for “fanta,” “xanax” or other drug language, the results are blocked. They are redirected to a video channel in the app with content from nonprofit groups and CDCs that address the dangers of “fantapills” – alleged oxycontin, percoset, xanax and adderall.

According to Facebook’s latest Community Standards report, it cracked down on four million drug-related exchanges worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2021. Instagram took action at 1.2 million, statistics showing warnings from both users and pre-adaptive detection technology.

On Instagram, the latest search for Percoset set up an automatic alert and offer of help. But it also yielded numerous results, including an account that posted photos and contact information of tablets with phone numbers on the encrypted messaging app Wickr and WhatsApp.

And when companies remove dealers from their platforms, many vendors simply leapfrog into another.

Dr. Mackie, whose software company detects illegal online drug trafficking for private and public entities.

Most drug seekers will not search for a drug by name, he said. They can use hashtags with celebrities associated with it. Adventurous dealers troll comments for customers, introducing themselves to online exchanges among pain relievers.

During epidemics, drug use has increased as mental health has deteriorated in young adults and adolescents, studies show. Adolescent behavioral experts say that young people give up heroin not only because of its addictive properties, but also because of its inability to use syringes. Pills with a false amplifier of medical powers appear safer. Moreover, for their generation, prescription drugs – for anxiety, depression and concentration – have become commonplace.

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