June 13, 2022 Updated 3:16 P.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – As fentanyl seeps into the United States, Attorney General Ashley Moody warns parents to protect children from “digital drug dealers” during summer break.
Moody said drug dealers use social media to sell substances which can contain deadly amounts of synthetic opioids. She released a toolkit to provide parents with facts on what to look out for as more children are online during summer break.
“Drug dealers are utilizing the internet to conduct their illicit business—often using social media to pressure children into purchasing deadly substances,” Moody said. “Sadly, we are reminded almost daily that one pill laced with fentanyl can kill. I hope this resource can help families better understand the risks associated with drug use and avoid tragedy.”
The Attorney General encourages parents to review “Fast Facts on Fentanyl” and talk with their children about the dangers of drug use.
The Fast Facts on Fentanyl Toolkit highlights the dangers of fentanyl:
-The synthetic opioid is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine;
-Just two milligrams can be lethal;
-Four out of every 10 pills found containing fentanyl have a potentially lethal dose; and
-Counterfeit pills have been identified in all 50 states.
The toolkit also dives into the most popular social media applications and provides detailed list of emojis used as codes in online conversations regarding illicit drug transactions.
Moody also provided examples of emojis used to communicate about drugs:
To view Fast Facts on Fentanyl Toolkit, click here.
Fentanyl was the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45 in 2021. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill in may to crack down on the distribution of fentanyl and increase penalties for those dealing in Florida.
“If you are dealing fentanyl, you are killing people and you are going to be put in jail,” DeSantis said.
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