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One Pill Can Kill: Emoji Drug Code Decoded

Drug trafficking organizations are using emojis to buy & sell counterfeit pills and other illicit drugs on social media.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is aware of drug trafficking organizations using emojis to buy and sell counterfeit pills and other illicit drugs on social media and through e-commerce. Emojis, on their own, should not be indicative of illegal activity, but coupled with a change in behavior, change in appearance, or significant loss/increase in income should be a reason to start an important conversation. We understand initiating those conversations can be difficult so we have resources available at DEA.gov/onepill.

Emoji Drug Code PDF Dec2021
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