Since the first Silk Road website, digital drug dealing has now gone to new levels with teenagers selling drugs on social media.
Teenagers selling drugs on Instagram and Snapchat has become somewhat of a phenomenon in the last few years. What was simply intended to connect with friends or follow your favourite football team has become just as important to the world of drug dealing as the street dealers themselves. The methods which the drugs are smuggled into the country from the likes of Peru, Columbia, Holland and Afghanistan still remain the same, however the point of contact from buyer to supplier has dramatically changed in the last few years. As technology moves forward the means of obtaining illegal drugs has gone from a simple payphone or text message to advertising product on social media.
Not only do we now have access to the dark web (if you know how) to purchase some of the highest purity cocaine on the planet delivered direct to your doorstep through the likes of UPS, but a new recent trend has emerged. Teenagers are now selling drugs on Instagram and Snapchat, social media sites predominantly aimed at their demographic. It was only going to be a matter of time before someone started to monetise on the drugs world with how popular ‘likes’ and ‘tagging’ have become amongst the youth of today.
This new wave of drug pedellers are using emoji’s and social media marketing to connect with potential buyers to sell their product. From MDMA, cocaine, heroin and weed you can pretty much get your hands on anything from Class A to Class C drugs. Teenagers as young as 14 can be seen shouting about how good their product is to their majority teenager followers, arranging meets and drop offs through the platforms. Secret emoji codes also signal if the dealer is open for business and what product they have for sale such as dollar signs, the Canadian maple leaf and rockets as a sign of high purity.
Are more teenagers now taking drugs due to this new craze, or is just the fact they are now more exposed to it? Parents and schools certainly need to keep an eye on what their kids are up to on social media and take more responsibility. As the stresses and strains of becoming Mr or Mrs popular for a teenager is already at an all time high thanks to social media, is there now an added pressure for them to take illegal drugs?
Regardless of whether teenagers are selling drugs on Instagram and Snapchat, there will always be a high demand for drugs and there will always be a supply. Supply and demand theory couldn’t be more apparent in the drugs world. As technology continues to evolve at such a rapid pace the way we interact with dealers to purchase illegal drugs will continue to change. As the rise of gang culture continues to spread and the use of violence, intimidation and the desire to get rich, drug dealing will always have a strong connection with it.
In other drug related news you should also check out our feature, Should Weed Be Legalised in the UK? looking at both sides of the argument for the legalisation of Cannabis in the UK.