Research + News | Topic: Substance Abuse

Social Media Use Puts Teens At Risk Of Developing Drug And Alcohol Issues

New research has found adolescents who are active on social media are being exposed to content that could put them at risk of developing drug and alcohol issues. Read the article here.

Teens Using Emojis As Code To Buy Counterfeit, Dangerous Drugs Online

Emojis are an easy, popular way to share emotions in picture form via text message or on social media, but some seemingly innocent emojis are actually code for drugs! Read the article here.

Instagram Makes It Easy For Teens To Find Drugs, Report Finds

Fake accounts for minors were able to connect with drug dealers. Read the article here.

Facebook Allows Drug Ads To Target Teens, Activists Say

The social network has rules about what can be shown to minors. The Tech Transparency Project found that they aren’t being enforced. Read the article here.

A Psychologist’s Advice: How To Talk To Your Kids About Social Media And Drug Abuse

TikTok Is Being Used By Vape Sellers Marketing To Teens

Sellers are offering flavored disposable vapes, parent-proof ‘discreet’ packaging, no ID checks. Read the article here.

Snifftok Is Where Teenagers Go To Post Videos Of Themselves High On MDMA

Vice reporters asked some of them why they want footage of themselves gurning, tripping and K-holing up on TikTok, for the whole world to see. Read the article here.

In Wake Of “Benadryl Challenge” On TikTok, FDA Issues Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about serious health problems with high doses of the allergy medicine Benadryl, after reports of teens participating in the so-called “Benadryl Challenge” on the social media platform TikTok. Read the article here.

Teen Dies After Doing TikTok ‘Benadryl Challenge’ As Doctors Warn Of Dangers

A 15-year old girl from Oklahoma has reportedly died after taking an excessive amount of the anti-allergy medication Benadryl as part of a challenge on social media app TikTok. Read the article here.

Texas Teens Overdose On Benadryl After Following TikTok Video Challenge

Three teens were treated after ingesting excessive amounts of Benadryl thanks to a TikTok video encouraging them to take the over-the-counter medication. Read the article here.