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Facebook, Instagram Drug Seekers Pushed Toward Treatment

09/23/2018 -ATIN- Drug dealing is rampant on social media platforms, but popular sites like Instagram and Facebook are fighting back with pop ups that offer help for addiction whenever popular searches like "fentanyl" or "uppers" are queried." The pop ups ask those seeking drugs on the social media platforms if they wouldn't rather get some help for their addiction instead.

Social Media concerns have also permanently taken down certain hashtags or handles like #fentanyl or #xanax, making them unsearchable. But for most people seeking drugs online these actions represent just a speed bump since small modifications like #fentanyls or #xanaxs are still searchable and thousands of online dealers are routinely able to get around whatever barriers to dealing are being put up by social network companies.

Instagram puts up a notice asking whether or not someone might need help with a opioid problem, also making a link to SAMHSA's website available.

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