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Teens Can Easily Access Illegal Drugs

Megan Macintosh found her 18-year-old son Chase unconscious after she said he experimented with pills. He died just over a month later, likely from a pill laced with Fentanyl from an unknown source.

With fentanyl in high circulation, the risks are often deadly. The U.S. recorded more than 100,000 Drugs overdose deaths in a 12-month period for the first time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the highest number of Drugs overdose deaths ever recorded in a year.

Teens Can Easily Access Illegal DrugsThe Drugs Enforcement Administration has warned of the alarming increase in the availability and lethality of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.  In her experience, Miles said teenagers on social media are two degrees of separation away from a dealer.Miles was asked to create two fake profiles across Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, claiming they were 18, but publicly identifying as high school students. One was actively searching for Drugs and found an apparent dealer within 48 hours.

The second account used different hashtags like #depression, #sad and #anxiety. While all three social media platforms provided some mental health resources, posts about marijuana and cigarettes also appeared on Instagram. According to the latest quarterly Transparency Report, TikTok has removed nearly 96% of Drugs-related videos within 24 hours. All three companies said they are using technology to proactively remove this content.

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