Illegal Drugs are Being Bought and Sold on Social Media
Youth are using social media apps to buy and sell drugs (PDF). The drugs being sold online are not always what they seem. Fentanyl, an opioid stronger than heroin, has been found in pills and other drugs being sold online and on the streets. The use of fentanyl may result in immediate death.
Where to Look
Snapchat is one of the most popular apps for buying and selling drugs since the messages disappear automatically. Instagram is another popular platform. With both apps, dealers initiate contact with teens to find new clients. They will ask for their location or mailing address and once payment is sent, they will deliver the drugs either in person or through the mail. A teen only needs money, an account, and an address.
Changes in peer group
Carelessness with grooming
Decline in academic performance
Missing classes or skipping school
Loss in interest in favorite activities
Changes in eating or sleeping habits
Deteriorating relationships with family and friends