How Social Media Can Influence Drug Use

By: Ruben Garcia | @kingrubencito

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In our current society, social media can influence anything. Social media can be used by every industry to sell it’s products to consumers. Social Media also allows users to connect with people all around world. Many events like music festivals, parties, or concerts are promoted on social media and therefore fueling the fire for alcohol, drugs, etc. for people to use. Alcohol and drugs can be used “recreationally” or “socially” but when you are constantly seeing events being promoted and you are willing to attend every event, when does recreation and social use become to an addiction? It becomes an addiction without you knowing and that’s when it can become an issue. Here are some statistics that prove that social media can influence alcohol and drug consumption.

Compared with kids who have never seen photos of people drinking, using drugs, or passed out on social networking sites, the teens that have seen them are:

  • 3 times likelier to use alcohol.
  • 4 times likelier to use marijuana.
  • Almost 3 times likelier to be able to get controlled prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • More than twice as likely to be able to get alcohol in a day or less.
  • Likelier to have peers who abuse illegal and prescription drugs.

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Social media is the perfect environment for drugs to be shown off, bought, and sold. Some people even have a separate Instagram accounts called “finsta,” a combination of the words “fake” and “Instagram.” These private accounts display all the pictures of drugs and alcohol that you wouldn’t post on a regular, public account.

Regardless of what you choose to do, have fun but stay safe!

References

“The Influence of Social Media on Alcohol Use.”The Recovery Village Florida Drug Rehab Center. The Recovery Village, 06 Mar. 2017. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.

Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Social media can influence teens with pro-drug messages.” NIDA. National Institute of Drug Abuse, 01 July 2014. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.

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