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Monday, June 20, 2022

Drug dealers using social media to target children

Attorney General Ashley Moody

I am issuing a warning for parents – drug dealers are using social media to sell dangerous, sometimes deadly substances to kids. Minors may be increasingly susceptible to these digital dealers during the summer, when they have more free time to spend online.

Using some of the most popular apps to target children, these digital dealers claim to have prescription opioids for sale, but they often deliver counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl instead.

Just two milligrams of fentanyl are enough to kill a full-grown adult. The scary part is users often have no idea what they are taking, and too many parents have found out too late that just one pill can kill.

That is why I released our Fast Facts on Fentanyl Toolkit to help parents keep their children safe. The kit is full of information highlighting the dangers of synthetic opioids and how drug dealers operate.

For example, dealers may use emoji codes to conduct illicit transactions. Here are some of the more common drug codes:

  • Prescription Drugs: 💊🅿️ 🍫
  • Dealer Advertising: 💰🔌🍁
  • Cocaine: ❄️⛄🔑
  • Marijuana: 💨🌲🔥

I hope that parents will use our toolkit as a conversation starter with their kids about the risks of drug abuse. For more information about opioid misuse, visit DoseOfRealityFL.com.

Ashley Moody is the attorney general for Florida.

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