Instagram said that many people were seen using platform’s hashtags for Drug addiction resources as well as communities who support illegal drug activities. It has also been observed that many Xanax and Fentanyl dealers keep posting their numbers on Instagram that compels more users to buy these products.
Previous Month, the company received severe Backlash for showing the drug name in hashtag searches Instagram, therefore, block these searches but the sellers then reached for unblocked hashtags like “#XanaxLife” and “Oxycontins.” Both the social media giants Facebook and Instagram share the blame for the massive spike death in 2017 due to synthetic opioid that was increased from 10,000 to 30,000, according to The Center For Disease Control.
The pop-up reads:
“If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid or substance misuse, find ways to get free and confidential treatment referrals, as well as information about substance abuse, prevention, and recovery.”
Now users can get aid from these Drug addiction resources which Instagram developed along with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the collaboration for Drug-Free Kids. They will also give advice on remedial treatment for the friends or family who is involved in the substance use problem.
The company specifies while many people and communities are using drug-related hashtags for awareness and show support to people, other use them to sell illegal drug through their platform. For the time being, Instagram has blocked these hashtags, but this step also restricted other communities who were spreading awareness through this medium.
This new pop-up feature might solve the drug issues, for this, almost 1 billion Instagram users are making the serious ad, and it could at least aid people who are searching for help in this regard.