With the rise in popularity of social media and smartphones it has become easier than ever for youth to access illicit substances online. The age of social media has led to youth being targeted by drug suppliers on apps such as snapchat and instagram. The substances bought on these platforms are not authentic prescriptions. Illegal drugs and fake prescription pills are often laced with fentanyl, xylazine, or other substances which can increase chances of overdose and death. It has been found that emoji drug code is used to indicate which substances are for sale on these apps mentioned above. Emoji use does not always indicate drug use, but it is important for parents to be aware of their meaning. If you find these symbols in use, talk to your child and consult medical or mental health professionals as needed.

A comprehensive report on the sale of drugs on social media sites: https://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/31036/